The Saudi Railway Polytechnic has opened in Buraidah to train staff for the Saudi Railway Company, Saudi Railway Polytechnic run by a British institute can accommodate up to 3,000 students between the ages of 19 and 23, Arab News reported. Students complete a two-week assessment before gaining acceptance. Courses will take three years to complete and cover both general skills training, such as English-speaking courses, as well as specific courses in railway disciplines, including infrastructure and train operations. Emphasis will be placed on on-the-job training in particular. “We need a specialized cadre to go hand in hand with railway development,” said Muhammad Al-Suwaiket, president of the Saudi Railways Organization. “There is need for scientific institutions to produce technicians, leaders and train supervisors, as well as engineers who specialize in all the various disciplines of the railways industry.”
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