Jobs boost as HRDF signs deals with 23 universities

Updated 13 August 2015

Jobs boost as HRDF signs deals with 23 universities

RIYADH: The Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) has signed agreements with 23 universities in the Kingdom to help graduates find jobs in the local market, thanks to the initiative by the Ministries of Labor and Education.

Ibrahim Al-Moaiqel, director general of HRDF, signed the accords with the representatives of the universities in the presence of Labor Minister Mufarej Al-Haqabani and Education Minister Azzam Al-Dakhil recently.
An official from the Ministry of Labor said the idea is to harmonize the educational programs of the universities with the requirements of the Saudi labor market which would pave the way for young graduates to find employment in the private sector.
Under the program, he said, the skills of the undergraduates will be honed through short-term courses during summer and encourage them to participate in the national program.
Sahl bin Nashaat Abdel Jawad, vice chancellor of King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals Research, said such a program was a long felt need for the benefit of the Saudi youth.
Mahroos Bin Ahmed Gabban, deputy chancellor of Taibah University for Development and Quality, said the agreement will bridge the gap between universities and the local labor market .
The establishment of the HRDF, with its legal and administratively and financially independent statuS, was to intensify Saudization in the private sector. It is one of the effective mechanisms to train and prepare male and female Saudis to take up jobs in the private sector.
The HRDF has been given the responsibilities that have been drawn from Resolution No. 107 of the Council of Minister, dated July 2000, and in the Royal Decree No. 18M, dated on August 2000. It was decided that the Fund will be a legal entity that enjoys administrative and financial independence. This status will enable those who run it to translate the policies of the government into reality; and they are supposed to do this by offering the essential knowledge and skills, which will help them to get jobs in the private sector to Saudi youths.
The HRDF continues to invest in state of the art information and communication technologies to develop skills of the national work force in the Kingdom for public and private sector employment purposes.


Saudi Arabia could return to extreme precautionary restrictions, minister warns

Penalties will be doubled upon repetition of the violation. (SPA)
Updated 6 min 38 sec ago

Saudi Arabia could return to extreme precautionary restrictions, minister warns

  • People not wearing masks will be fined

JEDDAH: The Kingdom could return to extreme precautionary restrictions if the number of COVID-19 patients exceeds the medical sector’s capacity, Saudi Arabia’s Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah warned on Saturday.
“Public awareness and adherence to precautionary measures is essential to continue the ease of restrictions,” Al-Rabiah said. “We continue monitoring the situation based on the number of critical cases in hospitals and their capacity to receive them. We want to be able to receive all cases that reach out to us and provide them with the care that they need. We are all in one boat in this situation, we are one team, and we must work together cautiously. Lack of commitment will definitely take us back to where we were.”
There were 1,618 new cases reported in Saudi Arabia, meaning that 83,384 people have now contracted the disease. There are currently 24,501 active cases.
The Health Ministry announced that 1,870 more patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to 58,883. More than 70 percent of coronavirus patients in the Kingdom have recovered from the disease.
There were 22 new COVID-19-related deaths reported on Saturday, raising the total number of fatalities to 480.
The ministry has assigned 30 health practitioners to carry out the third stage of an expanded examination plan to assess the prevalence of COVID-19 in the city of Makkah.

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• 58,883 recoveries

• 24,501 active cases

The examination will take place at a center in the Al-Zaidi district, where citizens and expats will be tested inside their cars through 12 tracks without the need to leave their vehicles. The center has the capacity for over 1,000 tests daily and these will be carried out through appointments made on the ministry’s Sehaty app.
Adjustments to previously announced social distancing measures and regulations were announced by the Saudi Interior Ministry on Saturday. These include new violation penalties, as the second stage of restriction-easing starts on May 31.
Individuals who intentionally violate regulations will pay SR1,000 ($266). Breaches include not wearing a mask, not committing to social distancing marks and areas, refusing to undergo temperature checks at entrances, or not adhering to preventive protocols if their temperature is higher than 38 degrees Celsius.
Private sector establishments that are found to be noncompliant with new preventive measures and protocols will pay a penalty of SR10,000. Penalties will be doubled upon repetition of the violation.