(MENAFN - Arab News) Mounira Alulola, deputy governor of Girls Technical Training at the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation, declared that the technical college for girls in Dammam will be open next year after having been delayed for five years due to the scarcity of land.
This was in spite of the fact that the college was concluded in the projects plan of the corporation since its establishment seven years ago within its intentions to open 17 technical college for girls.
During the annual meeting of vocational and beauty centers which have been organized by the businesswomen's center at Asharqia Chamber, Alulola said "the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) is the only body that runs training programs oriented to the vocational and beauty centers through new technical and vocational majors which inolved a number of investments."
She revealed that in the near future official permits will be issued for investors and entrepreneurs in order to establish beauty salons after it had previously been unauthorized, thus organizing the market.
The official approval of investment in this field has come after the doors opened to train Saudi women to work in those fields seven years ago, she said, pointing out that TVTC has provided new specializations different from the ones offered in other colleges as well as to partake in the programs that provide support and guidance to technical trainers through nationalization. This is in addition to supporting the private sector and directing investments to the field of technical and vocational training.
She said new specializations at colleges would open in addition to the three existing specializations. The new specializations include food-processing for individuals, Web page design, jewelry design, graphics design and photography.
"The colleges encompass miniature plants for training students on assembly lines, besides contracts with schools and a contract of garment-manufacturing, as well as 129 students who are working in production lines at a factory manufacturing military clothing gear for graduates built by the Ministry of Defense in Alkharj," she added.
She indicated that the trainees enrolled in that college know that their specializations will not entitle them to work in the public sector and that their area of work is only in the private sector, pointing out that this mechanism is one of the factors that prevents students from dropping out.
Alulola said the Colleges of Technology have an industrial curriculum pursuing the orientation to feminize the industry, pointing to the need to create industrial cities within the age range to facilitate the work of Saudis.
Alulola explained during a meeting with more than 100 investors that TVTC isn't responsible for the issuance of visas to bring "hairdressers" to work in beauty salons and cosmetic centers. She pointed out that Ministry of Labor is the authority concerned, which did not open the recruitment door yet because there is no official authorization to practice this activity, which allows the opening of beauty salons.