Deputy Minister: Industry Ministry Seeks to Boost Women’s Participation

– During his visit to the Food Industries Polytechnic in Al-Kharj, the Deputy Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources for Human Capacity Development, Eng. Faris bin Saleh Al-Saqabi, announced that the Ministry has succeeded in putting together a strategy for developing human capabilities in the industrial and mining sectors, adding that this strategy and the national programs supporting its goals will be revealed soon.
In his statement, Eng. Al-Saqabi mentioned that the Ministry has initiated discussions with Saudi universities, academies, and institutes to qualify and develop capabilities and provide specializations that support the Kingdom’s industrial sector.
He said this includes opening 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 that contribute to women’s participation in the industrial sector.
The Ministry is committed to reaching 2.1 million jobs in the industrial and modification sector. Eng. Faris emphasized that the Ministry is serious about qualifying and training workers and has already begun identifying particular scholarship paths. Additionally, it supports and follows up on national programs and institutes, including the Food Industries Polytechnic in Al-Kharj. This institute is a model for producing qualified personnel who have gained the trust of major companies.
The Food Industries Polytechnic was established in 2011 to train specialized and professional national cadres in the food industry sector. Its mission is to provide entry-level employment training that meets the labor market’s need for specialists in the food industry, one of the largest industries in the Kingdom.
The Food Industries Polytechnic is one of the Saudi Center for International Strategic Partnerships (SCISP) programs, a partnership between the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation and the private sector with support from the Human Resources Development Fund.

By Usmana Kousar