May 01 2012
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KAEC, CBA ink deal to enroll students in Job Market Foundation Program
King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) and the College of Business Administration (CBA) signed an agreement in Jeddah recently, to confirm the implementation of the second phase of the Job Market Foundation program, a social responsibility initiative adopted by KAEC and CBA.
Fahd Al-Rasheed, managing director and CEO of KAEC, and Abdullah Dahlan, CBA director of board of trustees, signed the deal in the presence of Prince Mansour bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz, advisor to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Deputy Minister of Higher Education Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Saif and a number of dignitaries during CBA's sixth graduation ceremony. The agreement is set to enhance the community in the cities of Rabigh, Thowal and the areas around them by training and qualifying 400 male and female students with high school degrees.
"Corporate Social Responsibility and Community Service are key objectives for KAEC, and the city has undertaken this role in order to contribute to educating Saudi youth, for that reason we choose the College of Business Administration as our partner since it is renowned for the highest levels of professionalism and latest education methods and curriculum," said Fahd Al-Rasheed.
Fahd thanked Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal for his continuous support for the program since its launch, when he inaugurated the first graduation ceremony for more than 300 male and female students who graduated from the program two years ago in KAEC.
The training program emphasizes on two major areas, English language and basic management skills. The English Language program consists of two training module of eight-weeks respectably with an average of five hours a day during which the students are learning the CBA curriculum. The basic management skills program consists of four courses -- Business English, communication skills, IT and computer applications, and basic business skills. In addition, 5 hours of examinations and follow-up assessments are held for 4 hours every week.
On completion of the first two months of the program, students receive English Language certificates. By completing the second two months of the program, students will be awarded the Job Foundation Program certificate.
The program also includes a Career Attitude Assessment to help trainees choose their most suitable professions based on their strengths and capabilities.
While CBA will conduct interviews with all candidates for overall assessment, the selection criteria for enrollment in the program gives priority to high school graduates from Rabigh, Thowal and the areas around them.
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