- GE highlights the ideal work environment for Saudi women across different businesses of the organization in the Kingdom
- Demonstrates commitment to localization and human capital development with a special focus on empowering women employment
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; April 16, 2013 GE (NYSE: GE) showcased a wide range of employment opportunities for Saudi women across different business sectors and held specialized training workshops to boost the skills of students and professionals at the career fair, A Step Ahead, organized under the patronage of the Saudi Arabian Minister of Labor His Excellency Adel F. Fakeih, by Glowork in Riyadh.
More than 8,000 Saudi female students, young graduates and professionals attended the two-day event on April 15 and 16, 2013. GE conducted more than 13 workshops aimed at imparting professional knowledge, career guidance and skillset development for the Saudi women at the fair. The subjects covered in the workshops, led by GE's senior managers, included aspects of building professional network, success in finance, career navigation, women in healthcare, personal branding, social media and others.
Eng. Hisham Al Bahkali, GE's President & Chief Executive Officer for Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, said: "GE is underlining its commitment to Saudi human capital development through our partnership as 'Saudi Talent Partner' at the career fair. We are committed to creating and nurturing Saudi professionals, especially women, across various aspects of our business, in line with our strategy to double the female workforce in the Kingdom over the next three years. A Step Ahead is indeed a remarkable starting point for Saudi women students and professionals to further strengthen their career prospects and on-the-job progression."
On the opening day of the career fair, Mazin Albahkali, GE's Executive Manager, Power Generation for Saudi Arabia, addressed the participants on 'A Step for the Future,' detailing the challenges and opportunities for women employees in modern careers. Dalya AlMuthanna, Director -- Global Growth Strategy of GE Power & Water, addressed the participants, sharing with them various aspects of women leadership, mentorship and how to build effective networks that help drive professional growth.
At the event, GE also put the spotlight on career opportunities for Saudi women across its international offices, particularly, across the Middle East and North Africa region, where it has strong operations for over eight decades.
GE has a clear human capital development strategy for Saudi talent. The company 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.
The company has also 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. Today, GE has three offices and seven facilities, and over 1,000 employees in Saudi Arabia.
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