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L&T to induct local talent for Saudi projects

Workers stand near the King Abdullah Financial District currently under construction, near King Fahad road in the Asahafa area in Riyadh. Image for illustrative purposes only.

Workers stand near the King Abdullah Financial District currently under construction, near King Fahad road in the Asahafa area in Riyadh. Image for illustrative purposes only.

Reuters/FAISAL NASSER

24 February 2017

Larsen & Toubro (L&T), the $16 billion Indian technology, engineering, construction, and manufacturing and financial services conglomerate, has announced plans to induct fresh local talent as part of its Graduate Engineer Training (GET) program for various operational and management functions for its projects in Saudi Arabia. The initiative is driven by the Power Transmission & Distribution (PT&D) business vertical that resides within L&T Construction, the construction arm of L&T. It is the largest construction organization in India and is among the top 30 contractors globally. 

Top officials of the company from the PT&D business first approached the deans and managements of the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, King Faisal University, University of Dammam, Prince Mohammed Bin Fahd University and Jubail University College (Royal Commission) to explore the possibility of finding talent from these centers of learning, all which opened their portals for L&T. Presentations were then made to the students and those interested were made to appear for an objective type test. After a final interview of those who had cleared the test, L&T recruited 16 students in electrical and civil engineering disciplines. “We can only become a multinational company if we have sufficient multinationals on our rolls and this program to induct fresh young local talent for our projects in Saudi Arabia is a significant step in the right direction,” said S. N. Subrahmanyan, deputy managing director and president, L&T. 

“People are our prime assets and our HR policies have evolved to give our people ample opportunity to express themselves. I am confident that with this wonderful beginning, there will be more such initiatives in future,” he added. The 16 selected students will receive on-the-job as well as off-the-job training in planning, design, quality management, safety, operations, tendering and contracts management as well as soft and behavioral skills for 12 months. During the training period, the students will be placed in different substation and transmission line projects to get real-time operational exposure.

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