Mobily will graduate 400 Saudi women as telecom technicians in a ceremony on Wednesday. Labor Minister Adel Fakeih will attend the graduation ceremony.
The women completed a series of courses in programming and maintenance of mobile phones as a part of an ambitious project Mobily adopted in 2013 in cooperation with the National Women's Institute in Jeddah. The institute is a one of the high quality institutes supervised by the General Organization for Technical and Vocational Training.
The program aims to train 1,000 Saudi women in the programming and maintenance of mobile phones over the next three years.
Hammoud Al-Ghobaini, executive manager of corporate communications at Mobily, said that this program, will give these women the opportunity to enter the professional, vocational and technical market especially as the Saudi market has a high demand for such specializations, particularly women workers.
Al-Ghobaini said that Mobily embraced this development program in all specialties, because the company believes in the importance of vocational and crafts training for women as it can lead them to setting up their own businesses.
He said that it is important that women be given the opportunity to show their creativity within a suitable environment with the tolerant laws of Islam.
Al- Ghobaini emphasized the importance of the social responsibility of companies. Mobily achieved this by adopting this project in cooperation with various government and private entities.
The women participants were beneficiaries of charity organizations and social institutions in Jeddah and the neighboring provinces and some of them suffer some form disability.
Amani Al-Zayla'i, director-general of the National Specialized Institute for Women's Training, said that participants were trained over past months in an interesting and nontraditional way by Saudi trainees that were specifically trained to work in the institute. This training was carried under the supervision of the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation represented by the Ahli training which provided all the support and advice to ensure the success of this program, which is the first of its kind in the Gulf.
Al-Zayla'i explained that the program comprised three developmental courses including an introduction of maintenance and programming services (applications) as well as hardware maintenance. She added that the program attracted a high number of candidates forcing the institute’s management to narrow the selection process.
The institute cooperated with seven partners from charitable and social bodies which are Al Bir Society Charity in Khlais, Association of Neighborhood Centers Province in Makkah, Women's First Charity Association, Iktifa Society, the National Committee for Prisoners, their Families and Ex-Convicts (Tarahum), the General Administration of Education in Jeddah represented by (the learned neighborhood) and Social Education House for Girls In Jeddah.
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