Saudi Arabia to introduce rules to promote continued education, says minister

By 2030 the Saudization percentage in high-skilled positions will increase to 40%: minister

  
A Saudi student wearing a face mask carries his books at a school in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia August 30, 2021.

A Saudi student wearing a face mask carries his books at a school in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia August 30, 2021.

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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is considering introducing new rules to facilitate and encourage the culture of continued education, said Saudi Education Minister Dr. Hamd Al-Alsheikh.

He was addressing a conference in Riyadh on Monday launched under the auspices of the Human Capability Development Program, which was recently launched by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The program’s strategy will be built on three pillars: Developing a resilient and strong educational base, preparing for the future labor market locally and globally, and providing lifelong learning opportunities.

The education minister said the government is taking measures to ensure that graduates find suitable openings in relevant field within 18 months of their graduation.

He also said by 2030 the Saudization percentage in high-skilled positions will increase to 40 percent.

Dr. Ahmad Al-Faheed, governor of the Technical and Vocational Training Corp., said the government in partnership with the private sector will design training programs to increase employment rates and enhance competitiveness among Saudi graduates.

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