Saudi Arabia Initiates Strategy to Enhance Women’s Role in Industry and Mining Sectors

Sat Dec 30 2023
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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources for Human Capacity Development, Faris bin Saleh Al-Saqabi, has announced the formulation of a strategy aimed at advancing women’s participation in the industrial and mining sectors.

Al-Saqabi revealed that the strategy, complemented by national programs aligned with its objectives, will be unveiled in the near future.

During a visit to the Food Industries Polytechnic in Al-Kharj, Al-Saqabi disclosed that discussions have been initiated with Saudi universities, academies, and institutes to qualify and develop capabilities, fostering specializations that support the Kingdom’s industrial growth.

He emphasized collaborative efforts with universities such as King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, King Abdulaziz University, and King Saud University to establish specializations encouraging women’s engagement in the industrial sector.

Saudi Arabia to Generate Jobs in Industrial and Modification Sector

The deputy minister highlighted the ministry’s commitment to generating 2.1 million jobs in the industrial and modification sector. To achieve this goal, the ministry is dedicated to qualifying and training workers, with specific scholarship paths being identified.

Al-Saqabi also emphasized the importance of supporting and monitoring national programs and institutes, citing the Food Industries Polytechnic in Al-Kharj as a model for producing qualified personnel sought after by major companies.

Established in 2011, the Food Industries Polytechnic serves as a crucial training ground for professionals in the food industry sector. Aligned with the broader vision of the Saudi Center for International Strategic Partnerships, the institute represents a collaborative effort between the Technical and Vocational Training Corp. and the private sector, with support from the Human Resources Development Fund.

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