How the youth can power Saudi’s vision for growth

How the youth can power Saudi’s vision for growth

May 30, 2011 at 08:05am

When the GE Energy Manufacturing Technology Center opens its doors early June , one of its key tasks will be empowering the local Saudi workforce by providing them with the training and skills. In line with the Saudi Vision 2020, the Kingdom aspires to build one of the world’s most competitive economies by creating a talented pool of Saudi Arabian professionals. The Saudi population, currently about 27 million, is growing at 2.3 per cent per year.

Nearly 61 per cent are below the age of 30 years: they are the country’s future engineers, entrepreneurs and industry leaders. In meeting the aspirations of these youngsters, the Saudi energy sector has a key role to play – and this is where GE Energy Manufacturing Technology Center can help.

The world’s largest of its kind repair centre for GE the facility also includes a Training Center which focuses exclusively on developing local expertise to meet the region’s growing energy needs. GE has already partnered with the Technical & Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) to train Saudi professionals for careers at GE Energy Manufacturing Technology, and the first batch of graduates of the Joint Technical Program will play a key role in driving the new facility, and will in turn inspire other Saudi professionals to take up careers in the energy sector.

Through the MoU with TVTC, GE will continue to create robust job opportunities for Saudi talent — by 2015, GE envisions nearly 50 per cent of the 1,000-strong workforce at GE Energy Manufacturing Technology will be Saudi nationals. So, combine the energy and power of young minds with a fertile environment for growth, such as we see in today’s Saudi Arabia, and you have a story of future prosperity – and that’s a story GE is excited to be part of.

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