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From the very beginning, we have supported the development and transfer of knowledge within the company and within the Kingdom. As Saudi Arabia transitions to a knowledge economy, we will continue to be there taking a leading role in empowering innovation and developing the Kingdom’s human potential.
Helping people reach their full potential
At the core of Saudi Aramco is a corporate culture of lifelong learning. Throughout our history, we’ve been developing world-class learning programs to equip our employees with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed. We also support domestic vocational institutes and universities, as well as lending a hand to local companies in their efforts to train and upgrade the skills of their employees. Some of our efforts include:
- Offering company-wide training programs to give all our employees the skills they need to further their careers.
- Sponsoring apprenticeship and college development programs.
- Endowing 13 academic chairs in energy-related roles at Saudi universities.
Developing the Kingdom through education
With over 45% of Saudi Arabians under 25 years old, it is crucial that we give our youth a strong learning foundation. We’ve put together programs to help provide them with the necessary knowledge and skills to become tomorrow’s business leaders.
- University Sponsorships
We currently sponsor 1,342 students who are majoring in engineering and business at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals and at a number of competitive out-of-Kingdom universities. Some of these students are graduates of our College Preparatory Program (CPP) and College Continuation Program. In 2011, a total of 1,728 students participated in the CPP, College Degree Program for Non-employees, and Associate Degree Program for Non-employees.
- Saudi Research Science Institute (SRSI)
The inaugural class of the SRSI at King Abdullah University of Science & Technology enrolled 25 Saudi high school students, 13 of whom were female. The program provides a mentorship model that combines theory courses and research in the subjects of science, technology, engineering, and math. Through a three-year sponsorship agreement, Saudi Aramco will support talented Saudi students as they prepare for careers of excellence and leadership in one of the four chosen fields.
- Apprentice Program
Since we view young people as the Kingdom’s greatest asset in securing our future, our Apprenticeship Program aims to prepare them for successful careers. In 2011, the program trained 4,074 Saudi high school graduates and vocational college graduates.
Building the future
A competitive workforce also includes developing the skills and competencies of women in the workforce. In 2011, 206 women participated in Saudi Aramco’s Women in Business Program.
We organized workshops in Ras Tanura, Riyadh and Jiddah designed to enhance the skills of Saudi private sector businesswomen.
The program, “New Approaches to Leadership for Women Entrepreneurs, Managers and CEOs,” was coordinated by Entrepreneur Ventures Inc. and the MIT Sloan School of Management.
It was designed to help participants to think systematically and strategically about leading a growing organization and sustaining success in a rapidly changing business environment.
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