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Deputy Minister Al-Saqabi unveils strategy for human capacity development in industries

Al-Kharj, December 29, 2023, During his visit to the Food Industries Polytechnic in Al-Kharj, Eng. Faris bin Saleh Al-Saqabi, the Deputy Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources for Human Capacity Development announced the successful formulation of a strategy for developing human capabilities in the industrial and mining sectors. He mentioned that this strategy, along with the national programs supporting its goals, will be unveiled soon.

Eng. Al-Saqabi elaborated on the Ministry's efforts to collaborate with Saudi universities, academies, and institutes to qualify and develop capabilities that align with the Kingdom's industrial sector. These discussions involve the establishment of the Mining Engineering Department at King Fahd University of Petroleum and efforts with Princess Noura University, King Abdulaziz University, and King Saud University to develop specializations supporting women's participation in the industrial sector.

Highlighting the Ministry's commitment to creating 2.1 million jobs in the industrial and modification sector, Eng. Faris emphasized the seriousness of the Ministry in qualifying and training workers. Specific scholarship paths are being identified, and the Ministry actively supports and monitors national programs and institutes. The Food Industries Polytechnic in Al-Kharj, in particular, serves as a model for producing qualified personnel who have earned the trust of major companies.

Established in 2011, the Food Industries Polytechnic aims to train specialized and professional national cadres in the food industry sector. It plays a crucial role in providing entry-level employment training to meet the labor market's demand for specialists in one of the largest industries in the Kingdom. The institute operates under the auspices of the Saudi Center for International Strategic Partnerships (SCISP), a collaboration between the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation and the private sector, with support from the Human Resources Development Fund.

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