Presents career choices in GE's Oil & Gas business at GE Innovation Center in Saudi Arabia
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; March 13, 2014: GE is showcasing career opportunities in its oil and gas business, available currently at the Saudi GE Innovation Center, at the King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) Career Fair being held at the Conference Center in Building 19, KAUST Campus, Thuwal.
GE's HR professionals are presenting career opportunities to the Career Fair visitors held until March 13, 2014. GE is currently recruiting engineers, who will become part of the team at the Saudi GE Innovation Center, opened last year, in Dhahran Techno-Valley. GE professionals also took part in an employer panel addressing queries by students.
Hisham Albahkali, GE's President & Chief Executive Officer for Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, said: "Our participation in the KAUST Career Fair highlights our ongoing commitment to nurture and foster Saudi youth talent, create job opportunities for them and provide them a rewarding professional career. Regarded as an 'employer of choice,' GE offers a breadth on-the-job training programs to further nurture their technical and leadership skills. By promoting human capital development, we are also supporting the Saudi government's vision to empower the talented youth of the Kingdom."
The Saudi GE Innovation Center is the first milestone that is part of the US$1 billion investment commitment of GE in the Kingdom, aimed at fostering home-grown innovation. The 2,200 sq m Center works closely with customers in addressing the Kingdom's priorities to create more energy efficient and affordable healthcare solutions.
The center also focuses on boosting Saudi entrepreneurship, manufacturing, and exports to accelerate diversified and sustained economic growth by collaborating with partners, customers, key think tanks, and academic institutions to promote the country's innovation ecosystem.
Graduate students from all 11 science and technology disciplines at KAUST are taking part in the Career Fair. The objective of the fair is to promote face-to-face interaction between the fresh graduates and employers who offer internship and job opportunities in science, technology and business-related areas. Over 750 students are expected to attend the fair.
GE also unveiled a 50,000 sq m advanced training facility, the GE Technical Academy in Jubail, developed in cooperation with the Saudi Technical & Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) and supported by the Human Resources Development Fund (Hadaf). In addition, GE offers career opportunities at its GE Manufacturing Technology Center in Dammam, which has achieved impressive Saudization rates since its inception in 2011.
With three offices and seven facilities, Saudi Arabia accounts for the largest GE workforce in the Middle East with over 1,000 employees driving the healthcare, transportation, power, oil and gas, water, and aviation businesses. More than 500 GE turbines currently generate over 50 per cent of Saudi's electricity, and the company's advanced technology supports the production of 150 million liters clean water daily, delivered to the country's remotest corners.
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