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First batch of Saudi candidates complete IT training program under new Sabic-Microsoft agreement

Saudi Arabia: Monday, September 05 - 2011 @ 09:31

The candidates completed the course within the Microsoft “IT Can” project wherein qualifying university graduates will be trained to work for Sabic and its contractors. The initiative comes as part of Saudi Arabia’s wider plans to reduce unemployment and develop national manpower. Sabic and its affiliates have joined the national plans to prepare Saudi nationals to take up various fields of work.

Mohamed Al-Mady, Sabic Vice Chairman and CEO, has highlighted the importance of this project and other similar plans, which seek to develop Saudi skills, create a suitable work environment and realize the ambitions of young Saudis.

This first batch of trainees symbolizes an important, strategic project which will involve several government and private sectors in the future. The ambitious IT Can project is expected to expand in the coming years to attract more college graduates in line with the increasing number of graduating students. The project will help in creating a pool of young Saudis in technical fields, including Information Technology.

Abdullah Saad Al-Rabeeah, Sabic Executive Vice President, Shared Services, has expressed his desire to see this agreement being implemented successfully, which will eventually serve the interests of the Kingdom’s industrial and human resources development.

Mohamed Khamis Bamaqa, Regional Manager, Sabic Information Technology, said that the company was making every effort to nationalize computer-related positions by developing local skills through collaborative efforts with specialized IT companies. In this regard, he praised the leading role played by Microsoft Arabia.

The project is the result of regular meetings held between Sabic and Microsoft on developing IT skills locally to meet current and future challenges. Both the companies have expressed their resolve to enforce the directives of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to prepare Saudis for fruitful employment and invest in developing national skills.

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