Saudis to be carpenters, mechanics

Jeddah, September 30: The Program of the General Administration for Strategic Partnerships, run by the General Corporation for Technical and Vocational Training (GCTVT), has announced that the number of it’s trainees has reached over 20,000.

The program works in partnership with private businesses to provide Saudi workers with skills in carpentry, refrigeration and air-conditioning, general mechanics, metal plates, construction, tile laying, plastering, scaffolds and painting, according to a report published in Al-Watan newspaper.

The program was started in 2005 and each trainee gets a GCTVT and an international certificate upon completion of the program.

The GCTVT has signed over 30 strategic partnership agreements to operate institutes under the supervision of experts from the United Kingdom, Korea, Singapore, Australia, Japan, the United States, Canada and Holland. The GCTVT hopes to sign more than 100 similar agreements over the next five years.

Rashid Bin Muhammad Al-Zahrani, Chairman of the Technical and Vocational Council in Makkah region, said, “The council has recently signed a contract with Nesma Company to train candidates in safety procedures at the work place and the avoidance of dangers and catastrophes.

Candidates will also be given basic computer training with 30-hours of theoretical and practical classes weekly in English language, computer and professional conduct.”

Courtesy: Saudi Gazette