From mortarboards to hard hats – First graduating class of GE joint technical program join GE Saudi family
May 12, 2011 by GE
GE officially welcomed over 30 Saudi nationals from the first graduating class of the GE joint technical program (GE JTP) with the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC). Working closely with TVTC, the pioneering GE JTP program was launched last year to support the Kingdom’s expanding power infrastructure. The tailored program is designed to enhance Saudi technical skills in key areas of maintenance and repair of gas turbines, electrical motors and generators.
Participants in this program were selected from among high performing graduates from Saudi Arabia’s top technical colleges including Al Ahsa College of Technology and Dammam College of Technology. The graduates will become full-time employees of GE in the soon-to-be inaugurated GE Energy Manufacturing Technology Center, and will play a vital role in the development of Saudi’s energy infrastructure
Continuing its over 100 years of heritage and commitment in training, GE believes that it is important to empower the youth of the Kingdom by providing promising career opportunities so as to support the Kingdom achieve its Vision 2020. By establishing joint programs with premiere national institutions such as TVTC, GE is working to ensure that the best minds are creating the right solutions for Saudi Arabia, while sharing GE’s culture of excellence and innovation. This tailored training program, offering advanced technical training, reflects the strong relationship, forged over the last eight decades, between GE and Saudi Arabia, and further attests to GE’s commitment to meet our customers’ needs and support the Kingdom towards a knowledge-based economy.
At the core of its regional training activities, GE will add an advanced training center at the soon-to-be inaugurated GE Energy Manufacturing Technology Center in Dammam. The new facility will bring GE’s overall investment in the technology center to approximately $100 million. GE expects to hire 100 new graduates from the training programs each year between 2012 and 2023.