RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is taking measures to ensure that graduates find suitable openings in relevant field within 12 months of their graduation, a Saudi minister revealed.
Minister of Human Resources Ahmed Al-Rajhi said by 2030 the Saudization percentage in high-skilled positions will increase to 40 percent.
Saudi Education Minister Hamad Al-Alsheikh, said the government is considering introducing new rules to facilitate and encourage the culture of continued education.
The ministers were addressing a conference in Riyadh on Monday launched under the auspices of the Human Capability Development Program, which was recently launched by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The program’s strategy will be built on three pillars: Developing a resilient and strong educational base, preparing for the future labor market locally and globally, and providing lifelong learning opportunities.Referring to the national capability development plan, the minister said it aims to develop a guidance system for high school students to help them make career choices based on their aptitudes.
He said efforts are underway to introduce regulations to attract global educational institutions in the Kingdom, which will boost competition between the local and foreign universities.
Ahmad Al-Faheed, governor of the Technical and Vocational Training Corp., said the government in partnership with the private sector will design training programs to increase employment rates and enhance competitiveness among Saudi graduates.
Minister of Human Resources Ahmed Al-Rajhi said that a primary goal of the program is to match talent with demand in the market, and in case of failure of matching candidates with available jobs, the program will upgrade their skills.
Industry Minister Bandar Alkhorayef said the aim of the program launched by the Saudi crown prince is to transform the Kingdom’s industrial sector along modern lines. He said the Kingdom has no dearth of talent and the local companies have the potential to compete with their global counterparts.
The minister stressed the importance of adopting modern technology for strong industrial growth.