- Volunteer support is part of the 'My Way to the Job Market' campaign organized by Injaz Saudi, under the patronage of the Saudi Ministry of Education and Ministry of Labor
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; March 9, 2014: As part of its commitment to support human capital development in the Kingdom, GE (NYSE: GE) joined hands with Injaz Saudi Arabia, the local affiliate of Junior Achievement, to strengthen the skills of students across the Kingdom and prepare them for professional careers.
GE Volunteers, team members of the company, partnered on the 'My Way to the Job Market' campaign organized by Injaz Saudi Arabia, under the patronage of the Saudi Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Labor.
Hisham Bahkali, GE's President & Chief Executive Officer for Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, said: "GE is a committed partner in supporting the government's committed efforts to advance human capital development and promote localization initiatives. We focus on empowering Saudi youth through knowledge sharing sessions and training initiatives, in addition to strengthening the skills of our employees. We also encourage them to take an active role in community initiatives as part of our focus to give back to the communities we serve in."
GE Volunteers conducted workshops and training programs for school students on workplace skills and career readiness at five schools, reaching out to over 320 students. Twelve GE staff members took part in the initiative, providing over 145 hours of volunteering support, and utilising over 130 hours at various schools for training and preparing the students for careers. The GE Volunteers are undertaking the sessions over three days.
Injaz Saudi Arabia's 'My Way to the Job Market' aimed to reach over 11,400 high school students across the Kingdom with each group of students to receive 12 workshops in business and workplace skills. On completion of the program, the students received a certificate that highlights their career readiness.
Among the various aspects that were covered at the workshops include: time management, verbal and written communications, interview techniques, problem solving, team work, developing a career path, and leadership development, among others. In all, more than 380 volunteers from various organizations supported the initiative.
GE Volunteers have undertaken a number of projects world-wide, and are actively involved in supporting community activities, aimed at strengthening environmental awareness in the Middle East. GE coordinates volunteer efforts company-wide by keeping a close eye on societal needs and inviting all employees to build stronger communities where the company serves in. GE's employees volunteer over one million hours of community service every year.
As part of its US$1 billion investment commitment to the Kingdom, GE has joined hands with Saudi Aramco and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) to launch the first all-female business process services center in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The center will be staffed by Saudi females and will initially serve Saudi Aramco and GE as anchor clients. GE will create up to 1,000 employment opportunities for this initiative.
Further promoting a culture of localized innovation, GE has unveiled its Saudi GE Innovation Center in Dhahran Techno-Valley. Aimed at fostering homegrown innovation, the 2,200 sq. meter center works closely with customers on addressing the Kingdom's priorities in creating more energy efficient and affordable healthcare solutions.
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).
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 & 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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