Riyadh-The Ministry of Labor is set to enroll young Saudis in four vocational and technological programs in the telecommunications sector.
The ministry has taken the decision in view of the recent announcement to “Saudize” the telecommunications sector in partnership and cooperation with the Ministries of Commerce and Industry, Municipal and Rural Affairs and Communications and Information Technology.
The training program will be carried out through the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) in the fields of client service, sales management, basic mobile maintenance and advanced mobile maintenance.
Through this, the ministry hopes to increase the Saudization percentage in this vital sector.
Inspectors from the Ministry of Labor will carry out tours and field visits to mobile companies and shops to ensure full implementation of the Saudization decision. In the drive, the ministry will involve some other ministries and institutions.
Four ministries will jointly monitor implementation of the decision restricting work in the sale and maintenance of telecommunication devices and their accessories to Saudis.
Recently, Minister of Labor Mufrej Al-Haqbani issued orders for the total Saudization of all sales outlets and maintenance shops of mobile phones and their accessories within a period of six months.
The ministry will work in coordination with the targeted sectors in working out plan for Saudization and training with the objective of phased replacement of foreigners with Saudis in highly skilled and semi-skilled jobs in the private sector.
Furthermore, sources close to the matter told Asharq Al-Awsat that the Ministry of Labor is currently planning to Saudize career opportunities in various other sectors and activities; up most of these fields is working in shops, car rentals, and some of the travel and tourism sector activities.