(MENAFN - Arab News) In a major boost to the Kingdom's Saudization program, the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) signed a memorandum of understanding yesterday with a company to train 200 Saudi youths to provide training in the automobile industry.
The TVTC signed the agreement at its headquarters in the capital with Mohammed Yousuf Naghi Motors for training in Jaguar and Land Rover automobiles.
TVTC Vice Gov. Hamad Algola signed the agreement with Anees Jamjoom, vice president Premium Automotive branch of Mohammed Yousuf Naghi Motors for Jaguar and Land Rover, in the presence of TVTC Gov. Ali bin Nasser Al-Ghafis.
Chris Innes-Hopkins, commercial counselor and director of trade and investment at the British Embassy in Riyadh, was also present at the signing ceremony.
Describing it as a major initiative, Al-Ghafis said the projects of the TVTC are designed in accordance with the needs of the Saudi employment market in consultation with the Ministry of Labor and Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF).
The first group of 200 students will start their training program in June and will be trained in various segments of the automobile industry in Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles.
Jamjoom explained that the duration of the program is 18 months and is designed to train the apprentices in automobile mechanism, sales, spare parts and public relations.
The apprentices will be given on the job training in the two brands of Jaguar and Land Rover. They will be absorbed by the company for deployment in its group.
He said the theoretical part of the course will be conducted in Jeddah and the practical training will be given in all the workshops of Mohammed Yousuf Naghi Motors for Jaguar and Land Rover throughout the Kingdom.
He said that during the period of training, the trainees will be given monthly allowance and their medical treatment covered by an insurance company.
He also said the program will be accredited by the Institute of Motor Industry (IMI) based in the United Kingdom. The IMI is the professional association of individuals working in the motor industry. The institute is the sector skills council for the automotive retail industry and the governing body for the Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA) scheme.
Chris Innes-Hopkins told Arab News that this is a successful way of training Saudi youths in the automotive industry. It is a value added project since the trainees will be given an international certification on completion of their internship.
Algola told Arab News that this is one of the programs TVTC had signed with a private sector company to train Saudi youths for employment. He added that the trainees under the program will be specializing in two popular brands of Naghi Motors.
For the past five years, more than 500,000 Saudi youths have graduated from various TVTC projects and programs. According to TVTC records, some 73 percent of the graduates have succeeded in getting employment in various sectors according to their fields of specialization.
Algola said the TVTC headquarters has some 900 employees. It has 35 technical colleges, 72 secondary institutes and 36 vocational training centers in various prisons.
"We have plans to increase the 72 secondary vocational training institutes to 158 and the existing 17 girls colleges will be extended to 40 colleges during the next three years.
The TVTC programs are drawn out in close cooperation with the Ministry of
Labor and the Human Resources Development Fund.
It has partnerships with several institutes in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Britain, Malaysia, New Zealand and the United States in training Saudi youths for employment in the Kingdom.