- Partnership to promote career opportunities for Saudi female students
- GE to host workshops to highlight career opportunities across diverse businesses
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; March 21, 2013: GE (NYSE: GE) signed an agreement with Glowork, a dedicated agency that works towards empowering women in the professional workforce of the Kingdom, to support 'A Step Ahead Career Fair' being organised by Glowork in Riyadh on April 15 and 16, 2013, as its 'Saudi Talent Partner.'
At the event, organized under the patronage of the Saudi Arabian Minister of Labor His Excellency Adel F Fakeih, GE will organise a series of workshops to highlight the rewarding career opportunities available for talented Saudi female students across its businesses, as well as offer specialized insights on enhancing their career opportunities. The participants at these workshops will be provided certificates of attendance.
At a ceremony held in Riyadh, Eng. Hisham Al Bahkali, GE's President & Chief Executive Officer for Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, and Khalid Alkhudair, Founder & CEO of Glowork, signed the partnership agreement.
Eng. Hisham Al Bahkali said: "GE is committed to supporting Saudi human capital development. Over the past years, we have taken several concerted initiatives to identify, recruit and train young Saudi talent in various technical and administrative roles across our diverse businesses. We have facilitated this through strong academic linkages and by partnering with organizations that work to empower our talented youngsters such as KFUPM and TVTC. Through our partnership with Glowork for its Career Fair we are further highlighting our commitment to strengthen the skillsets of Saudi female students and prepare them for rewarding professional careers."
Khalid Alkhudair said: "We are delighted to have the support of GE, a diversified business entity, as Saudi Talent Partner for our Career Fair. As the leading e-portal career gateway dedicated for females and an enabler for women throughout the region, we help female talent in the Kingdom to secure rewarding careers. A Step Ahead is a Saudi-centric program that aims to empower women, ranging from senior university students to fresh graduates to be part of the workforce by enriching their skills in job search as well as personal and professional skills. We are confident that with the support of entities such as GE, the event will set a new milestone in promoting women's employment in the Kingdom."
More than 10,000 Saudi female students are expected to attend A Step Ahead Career Fair, envisaged as a six-step program to promote their career skills. The event is a collective effort between Glowork and numerous private sector entities to bridge the gap between the labor market and education sector. It is also supported by Riyadh Hub Global Shapers, a part of the World Economic Forum community. As the last step of the event, employers will be matched with the program attendees, which could lead to potential jobs across various organizations.
As part of its commitment to promote Saudi human capital development, GE has signed a strategic partnership agreement with the Technical & Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) in Saudi Arabia to establish a technical academy that will train select Saudi technical graduates in advanced skills such as key areas of maintenance and repair of gas turbines, electrical motors and generators that are critical to the efficient generation of electricity in the Kingdom.
GE has also developed successful specialized programs with technical colleges under TVTC such as Al Hasa, Al Ahsa and Dammam College of Technology.
GE has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with KFUPM to extend educational scholarships to 30 students of the university over three years, apart from 30 additional educational scholarships will be provided exclusively to female students from various Saudi universities. In all, GE is providing annual scholarships of over SAR 22 million that will benefit 60 Saudi students.
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