GE to set up technical academy in Saudi
Dammam, May 21, 2012
Global technology giant GE said it has signed a strategic partnership deal with Saudi-based Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) to establish an academy in the Kingdom that will train annually 150 select Saudi graduates in advanced skills.
The agreement is another step forward in the wake of the successful GE Joint Technical Program with TVTC which was launched in 2010 to train Saudi students over several years, according to a statement from GE.
The academy will offer training in key areas of maintenance and repair of gas turbines, electrical motors and generators that are critical to the efficient generation of electricity in the Kingdom, the statement said.
Successful graduates will be offered the opportunity to join GE’s business in the growing GE Saudi family to support the expanding energy sector in Saudi Arabia, it added.
The agreement was signed by Dr. Ali bin Nasser Al-Ghafis, the governor of TVTC and Joseph Anis, president and CEO of GE Energy in the Middle East under the patronage of Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, governor of Eastern Province, Saudi and in the presence of deputy governor Prince Jalawi bin Abdulaziz bin Musaad.
'TVTC is proud to team up with GE, a world-class technology company, to train the engineers and technicians, who will form the cornerstone of the Saudi energy industry of tomorrow,' said Dr Al-Ghafis.
“The agreement reflects TVTC’s strategy to build partnerships with the private sector to implement programs that support Vision 2020, Saudi Arabia’s initiative to promote diversification, create new jobs and drive overall welfare,” he noted.
This milestone agreement, he said, establishes a strategic partnership between TVTC and GE, designed to contribute to the empowerment of Saudi nationals with world class technical training.
Commenting on the deal, Anis said, “The academy's establishment signifies a new milestone in our collaboration with TVTC and underscores our joint commitment to empower Saudi’s most promising students with the advanced skills needed to support its growth and development.”
With nearly 80 years of experience and 1,000 employees in Saudi, GE has expanded its energy presence in the Kingdom through public-private alliances and a strong footprint of facilities providing manufacturing, service repair support and customer training centers in the power, water and oil and gas sectors.-TradeArabia News Service