The Public Technical Education and Vocational Training Association of Saudi Arabia recently commissioned a national contracting company to build a new technical college in Najran area, southwestern Saudi Arabia. According to reports in Al-Hayat daily, the contract is valued at 75.9 million Saudi riyals ($20.2 million).
When completed, the new colleges will have the capacity to host 3,000 students. In addition, the Association is planning to establish six new technical colleges throughout the kingdom, requiring $128 million in investments.
The construction of these colleges is part of an effort to lower the rate of unemployment amongst working-age Saudi youths, which currently stands at 20 percent.
Director general of the Saudi Human Resources Promoting Fund, Mohamed Sahlawy, recently addressed the owners of various private vocational training centers. He stated that the Fund would make intensive efforts over the next six months to train and qualify as many Saudi youths as possible at such training facilities.
Saleh Taeemy, former secretary general of the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry, noted that the task of replacing the foreign labor force with Saudis would not be an easy one. — (MENA Report)
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