Saudi auto institute in driving seat on youth training

Saudi men attend a technical education evening class at an electrical workshop as part of a pioneering programme for extending skills. (AFP)
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Updated 04 July 2020

Saudi auto institute in driving seat on youth training

  • Japanese Automobile Distributors in the Kingdom (JADIK) partner companies support SJAHI by paying training cost and monthly stipend to students in cooperation with the Human Resources Development Fund (Hadaf)

JEDDAH: Saudi high school graduates seeking to specialize in car technology and maintenance can enrol online at the Saudi Japanese Automobile High Institute (SJAHI) in Jeddah.

Opened in 2003 by King Abdullah, SJAHI is the first nonprofit institute in the Kingdom aimed at qualifying Saudi youth to work at the auto maintenance and service centers while contributing towards the Saudization process in the Kingdom.

SJAHI’s entrance exams and interviews with candidates will be held remotely via its website www.sjahi.org, as part of SJAHI coronavirus precautions.

Director Salem Al-Asmari said that SJAHI has set special incentives in order to reach the highest levels of training as it secures jobs for Saudi youth specializing in car industry technologies by granting them certified diplomas after completing the program.

Situated along the Jeddah-Makkah Expressway, SJAHI provides students with training halls and workshops, in addition to training in maintenance centers for Japanese car distributors in the Kingdom.

Al-Asmari said that the institute's mission is to refine human skills by contributing to Saudization, gaining knowledge and technical skills, and enhancing confidence among Saudi youth in 37 cities throughout the Kingdom where Japanese members of SJAHI are located.

Japanese Automobile Distributors in the Kingdom (JADIK) partner companies support SJAHI by paying training cost and monthly stipend to students in cooperation with the Human Resources Development Fund (Hadaf).

Managed by a professionally accredited team with a vision of achievement, SJAHI has the supervision, support and patronage of the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry, Japan Automobile Manufacturers’ Association Inc., and JADIK to invest in training young Saudi high school graduates and provide job opportunities for graduates at JADIK partner companies.

 


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Saudi Ambassador Walid bin Abdullah Bukhari said the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center began organizing emergency aid immediately after the incident.

Bukhari has been the Saudi envoy to Lebanon since December 2018. He previously served as charge d’affaires at the embassy from March 2018 until his current appointment.

Bukhari obtained a bachelor’s degree in political science with distinction at the King Abdul Aziz University in 1995.

He obtained a higher diploma in diplomatic studies at the Institute of Diplomatic Studies in Riyadh in 2000, and a master’s in international politics from California State University, Fullerton.

He joined the Saudi diplomatic corps in 1996. In 1999, he was appointed deputy head of the mission of the Kingdom’s embassy in Niger.

Bukhari served as the consul general in Los Angeles from 2002 to 2006. In 2007, he was appointed to the office of the undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He became director of total quality management in 2009.

In 2013, he was assigned a role at the Saudi Embassy in Berlin. He was appointed assistant director general of planning and development at the ministry in 2016. He also served as the director general of diplomatic affairs and protocol and deputy undersecretary for protocol affairs in 2017.