No vacancy for female architects or engineers

There are many problems that women architects face right from graduation. (SPA)
Updated 02 June 2016

No vacancy for female architects or engineers

JEDDAH: Female architects want to address problems that affect female engineers working in the field to conform to reality, such as graduation certificates which aren’t in line with the approved classification.
Women say there is no position for them in the government sector and in the private sector they can be sacked at the company's whim and are not deployed in the field.
Areej Ghandoor said there are many problems that women architects face right from graduation, beginning with certificates that do not distinguish between designers and engineers. Their specialization isn’t clear due to the ignorance of those who refuse to deal with it.
Areej said she does consultations in interior designs for houses, offices, restaurants and commercial stores, but she doesn’t receive government offers because the government sector needs contractors and not engineers.
Meanwhile, female electrical engineers are being refused work in the government sector. Some female electrical engineers have called on government bodies to acknowledge them and include electrical engineers in the civil service system.
Sarah Al-Harthi, deputy chairman of Ifat University graduate committee, and adviser to the Women in Engineering group, said female engineers like to work as lecturers or researchers, and they face difficulty due to the lack of research opportunities in detailed electrical specialization.
Some female engineers work in factories or companies but the country's social environment doesn’t accept their working in the field despite abilities.


Agreement signed to train Saudis in construction

Updated 1 min 51 sec ago

Agreement signed to train Saudis in construction

RIYADH: The Saudi Human Resources Development Fund (Hadaf) has signed a cooperation agreement for nationals to be trained for jobs in the construction sector, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The memorandum of understanding, between Hadaf and Saudi Abyat Academy for Building Materials, is aimed at preparing nationals for the labor market through electronic training courses on the Doroob platform.

It was signed at Hadaf’s headquarters in Riyadh and will allow the academy to publish courses on Doroob.

Hadaf will also put in place enrolment standards for the Doroob courses and coordinate their development in line with the needs of the labor market.

Doroob comes within the training and qualification programs offered by Hadaf. It seeks to support Saudis who want professional advancement in their chosen field, as well as increasing the participation level of the national workforce in the private sector and helping job seekers to get better career opportunities.