Real-World Experience for Saudi Female Engineering Graduates
Working with Effat University — the first university in Saudi Arabia to offer an engineering program to female students — GE is providing on-the-job training to four graduates of the university and an additional training to a female graduate from KAUST. They are receiving practical experience working in the company’s power and water generation, and oil & gas businesses in the Kingdom.
Four of the freshly minted graduates will work as co-ops with the GE Power & Water business. Three will join the GE Manufacturing Technology Center gas turbine service and repair facility in Dammam, and a fourth will join the Power Generation Services business in Jeddah. The fifth graduate, who was identified during GE’s participation at the King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) Career Fair earlier this year will train for three months with the GE Oil & Gas business at the Saudi GE Innovation Center in Dhahran Techno-Valley.
This co-op program with the all-females Effat University follows GE’s hosting of a “GE Day” at the university, during which GE executives led sessions addressing a wide range of topics relevant to the workplace, with a focus on building leadership skills and highlighting the importance of in-country innovation.
Providing on-the-job experiences to young Saudis is part of GE’s work to help build Saudi Arabia’s human capital. GE has made a three-year investment totaling SAR 22 million ($5.87 million) to provide annual scholarships that will benefit 60 Saudi university students. Educational scholarships are provided to 30 students of the King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM), while 30 scholarships are provided exclusively to female students from various universities in the Kingdom.
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