Fifty percent of university graduates are in theoretical majors and they create huge void in job market, study.
Al-BILAD ENGLISH DAILY
JEDDAH: A study of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development has discovered that 93 percent of Saudi companies find it hard to get employees with the required skills.
The same study also noted that 50 percent of graduates of Saudi universities have their degrees in theoretical subjects, and it created a large gap between the requirements of the Saudi market and the specializations of graduates.
According to the ministry, the National Initiative Program for Electronic Education, entitled the Doroob program, has created 229,000 skilled persons, more than 180,000 skills targeted in 2016. The ministry launched the e-learning Doroob program with the aim of developing linguistic, computer, and functional skills in Saudis in all regions and age groups. While 393,000 students registered for the program, 818,000 courses were planned and 224,000 courses were conducted in addition to accrediting 36,000 certificates and 256,000 cases of skill-development were also achieved.
It also seeks to meet the requirements of the people, and the private sector institutions for talented national cadres and help those looking for jobs, and students and others seeking to improve their standard to meet the requirements of the Saudi labor market. This initiative also compliments the training programs to empower and refine talents of orphans and women from vulnerable sections.
The ministry said in its annual report for last year that the program launched a series of short courses focusing on the development of general skills for Saudi job seekers, students and employees. It also focused on skill-development training programs for companies, government departments and universities. Its training programs are economic and effective for students and employees. It also launched short training programs and media campaigns on training.
The program with the support of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development offers high quality training courses matching the needs of the Saudi market at affordable prices, as the labor market is characterized by poor compliance with Saudi educational outputs and little readiness of the Saudi youth to enter the labor market. It is also difficult for job seekers, students and employees to obtain high quality and accredited training courses that are designed to suit the needs of the Saudi market at an affordable cost.
The program offered a variety of courses such as executive secretary ship, functional English, information technology, mobile maintenance, customer service, outsource working, flight booking, communication skills, professional basics and entrepreneurship. It also supplied accredited certification in the fashion industry, trainership, support technician, pharmacology, accountant, hotel, sales, retail and human resources management.
The summer camp program registered 230,000 camps, with 52,000 registered persons, besides 82,000 persons registered for Hafez programs, more than 59,000 completion of Hafez students and 40,000 registration in courses suited for the Saudization of the telecommunications sector.