(MENAFN - Arab News) The Power and Water Utility Company (Marafiq) has completed procedures to enroll 325 Saudi high schools' scientific section graduates in a training program ending with employment.
The company will provide training and rehabilitation programs at the highest level of preparation to bring these young people to Saudi cadres working at the company after their training.
Prince Saud bin Thunayan Al-Saud, chairman of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu, and chairman of Marafiq, said the rehabilitation of young Saudis "scientifically and practically" is a priority for the leadership of the Kingdom, which always stresses on attracting and rehabilitating Saudis.
"We have been keen in the company to enforce the government directives, so training programs were set up for this purpose, and expansions of giant projects in the company facilities in the cities of the Royal Commission will enable us to accommodate the largest possible number of young people. The training programs and rehabilitation are designed according to the highest level to meet the needs of the company while the benefit of such programs may extend to other sectors in those cities", the prince said.
Prince Saud praised the Kingdom's youth for demonstrating an ability and efficiency to reach high levels due to the rehabilitation of their creativity, which lived up to the ambitions and aspirations of the Saudi government, stressing that investment in human resource is among the company's top priorities.
The first batch of this program includes 200 trainees who joined the Higher Institute of Technology for Water and Electricity in Rabigh in January. This program lasts for two years where the trainees get enrolled in intensive courses at both the theoretical and practical levels. In the meantime, the second batch for the training program in Yanbu Industrial College started, including 50 trainees who will receive a theoretical program for one year, which prepares them to be on the job at the company facilities.
The third batch also started its training program in the General Organization for Water Desalination last March. It includes 75 trainees. This program will continue for two years, where trainees will receive practical lectures and training on the job in Water Desalination plants located in Yanbu city under the direct supervision of Marafiq. Thus the company has been able to expand its training program ending with employment, and bringing the total to 471 trainees.
Thamer S. Al-Sharhan, president and CEO of Marafiq, said: "This initiative comes as part of the company's plans to keep up with the government policy in the localization of jobs and opportunities for Saudi youth to prove themselves, especially after approving the Saudization plan by the Marafiq chairman."
Al-Sharhan said the chairman pursued this plan closely. He added that rehabilitation and training are a major concern for the company to enable young people shape their careers.
Marafiq is considered one of the national sectors that has proved its worth in the process of Saudization, gaining access to the Gray range according to the standard set by the Ministry of Labor.