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Saudi, Pakistan Discuss Cooperation In Tech Education, Vocational Training

— According to a study, the technical and vocational training subsector of Kingdom’s expanding non-oil economy is estimated to be in the range of US$20 to $40 billion as an addon to its economy.

— Mr. Saleh Al-Harbi, a former Saudi Aramco training professional holding PhD in Curriculum and Instructions, says authorities should concentrate on training in English, as “instructing in Arabic only will not help. It would be a waste of time.”

Jun 5, 2018 (BE2C2 updated) — Saudi Arabia’s Governor of the General Organization for Technical and Vocational Training (TVTC), Dr. Ahmed bin Fahad Al-Fuhaid, met with Ambassador of Pakistan to the Kingdom Khan Hasham Bin Siddiq at his office in Riyadh on Monday.

Al-Fuhaid noted the mutual visits for cooperation in the areas of training, technology, coordination and ways of opportunities for joint cooperation, development and upgrading to advanced levels through both brotherly countries’ TVTC programs and platforms.

For his part, the Pakistani Ambassador expressed his happiness to meet the Governor of the organization, praising the strong relations between the Kingdom and Pakistan in all fields, and thanking the Governor and employees of the organization for the warm reception.

The meeting comes in the backdrop of TVTC’s efforts to rebrand itself by unveiling new identity and vision going forward.

In February, TVTC Governor Al-Faheed presented the corporation’s new identity and vision at a ceremony at the corporation’s headquarters in Saudi capital in the presence of Minister of Education Ahmad Al-Issa.

He announced launch of a program called Atqin, which focuses on enabling Saudis to learn skills needed by the job market. The program will include in its third phase training for women to work in the automobile industry. The trainers will be hired from the United States, Britain and Canada,” said Al-Faheed.

He said 20 percent of high school graduates are currently enrolled in TVTC programs, which is an unprecedented proportion. TVTC provides educational training services.

“The corporation has designed a number of platforms offering services and learning opportunities for people in technical fields. The corporation is currently working on a service called Technician Assistance, to help people who are looking for technicians to get connected,” said Al-Faheed.

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia seek to further their already high-level bilateral relationship in technical and vocational training also, amid Kingdom’s ambitious initiative to enhance and expand its workforce skills-set development program– part of Vision 2030.

The Vision’s operational vehicle, the National Transformation Plan 2020, is taking steps to facilitate a knowledge-based society and economy in the oil kingdom.

According to a study, the technical and vocational training subsector of Kingdom’s expanding non-oil economy is estimated to be in the range of US$20 to $40 billion as an addon to its economy.

Mr. Saleh Al-Harbi, a former Saudi Aramco training professional holding PhD in Curriculum and Instructions and presently based in California, told BE2C2/PKonweb that authorities should concentrate on training in English, as “instructing in Arabic only will not help. It would be a waste of time.”

Over the next two decades, Saudi Arabia would be needing highly trained local and foreign workforce with skill sets in such fields as Health, Education, Leisure, Renewables, local manufacturing, industry oriented Research & Development, Defense, Emerging Nano Technologies, Internet of Things (IoT), Space and Agriculture.






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