GCC Youth Employment: Look for Companies with On-the-Job Training
Young people in the GCC, particularly those in Saudi Arabia, don’t get enough on-the-job training, according to the preliminary results of a study recently released by Ernst & Young. The study on youth employment in the region found that one important reason young people aren’t ready for the workplace is the limited access to work-experience programs. In Saudi Arabia, for example, only seven percent of students have had such experiences.
With GE’s well-earned reputation in Saudi Arabia and globally for the breadth of its on-the-job training programs, it was no surprise that students kept the GE booth busy during the recent 5th annual career fair at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.
At the fair, GE human resource executives met with many young Saudi engineers, technicians and other professionals, while GE executives took part in an employer panel that answered job and workplace questions posed by students.
During the fair, GE was recruiting engineers for the Saudi GE Innovation Center, which opened last year in the Dhahran Techno-Valley. The center fosters Saudi-based innovation by working closely with customers to address the Kingdom’s priorities, including creating energy efficient power and transportation solutions, and more affordable healthcare solutions. The center also focuses on boosting Saudi entrepreneurship, manufacturing, and exports to accelerate diversified and sustained economic growth by collaborating with partners, customers, key think tanks, and academic institutions to promote the country’s innovation ecosystem.
GE also offered career opportunities at the GE Manufacturing Technology Center (GEMTEC) in Dammam, which recently announced a major expansion, and at the GE Technical Academy in Jubail. The academy was developed in cooperation with the Saudi Technical & Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) and is supported by the Human Resources Development Fund (Hadaf).
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