Our Young Leaders Advisory Board (YLAB) is just one of the programs we have in place to channel the input and harness the incredible energy of the young generation at Saudi Aramco.
YLAB was launched to enable a set of systems and structures that channel the inputs and influence of the Company’s young population. Its mission is to unlock the full potential of Saudi Aramco’s young population and serve as an active resource, providing solutions that drive the strategic intent.
YLAB was established in 2011 as an autonomous body that acts as a bridge between the youth of Saudi Aramco and its executive management.
With a direct line to the CEO and Strategy Council, YLAB facilitates meaningful two-way communication while providing a Gen-Y and Gen-Z perspective on complex corporate issues. YLAB keeps its finger on the pulse of the youth through a wide range of engagement strategies, and is constantly seeking out new ways to capture their concerns and actively involve them in the transformation of the Company through 2020 and beyond.
This is achieved through the following:
Advisory: YLAB advises Saudi Aramco’s Strategy Council and departments on: strategy, innovation, people and policies, and training and development. YLAB aims to unlock the full potential of Saudi Aramco’s youth, by incorporating the youth’s perspective in the decision-making process, and utilizing the Company’s young talents to solve its most important challenges.
Engagements: YLAB engages the youth of Saudi Aramco through various methods across the Company’s operations. These diverse engagements vary in length and focus, and aim to create a two-way dialog with the Company’s young population. YLAB also drives the conversation digitally through the Company’s Youth Forum, and by issuing the notable corporate publication Youth Quarterly.
The team comprises four full-time coordinators and twelve part-time members who remain embedded in their home departments to maximize the group’s reach. Members come from across the Company and represent a diverse group of nationalities, backgrounds, and work experiences. They provide advice, ideas, and insights to senior management, and engage with other young employees on the changes taking place throughout Saudi Aramco.
YLAB has become a self-sustaining program that is both highly competitive and greatly respected within the Company.