Vocational training has become an essential part of developing a competent and skilled workforce to grow the country’s economy, according to business leaders and academics.
The state-owned Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) has enrolled more than 100,000 young Saudi boys and girls for vocational training as part of a comprehensive plan to reduce dependence on foreign workers.
On completion of the training programs, these graduates will be absorbed by public and private sector organizations operating in different sectors across the Kingdom.
New training facilities have been opened in different provinces, where a variety of technical specialties, such as automobile training, office management, accountancy, multimedia and computer (technical support) are being taught. Several other vocational training courses include networking, electronics, food production technology, fabrication and designing.
Training programs focus on laying a “firm foundation” that will encourage Saudi students to make a lifelong commitment to learning and developing their career paths. One of the key developmental projects to be implemented by the TVTC in the coming year is the introduction of bachelor degree program in three technical colleges.
English Language Program (ELP) has also been introduced in a number of colleges in Jazan, Najran, Baha, Tabuk, Jouf, Northern Border, Buraida, and Ahsa.
The program is meant to improve trainees’ linguistic skills and to master the English language, which is being widely used in the Kingdom and across the world.