Aecom launches institute for training Saudis

Aecom is training 140 students, including 20 women, on three-year programme; aims for 50% of workforce to be Saudis by 2017

The programme has 140 graduates enrolled.
The programme has 140 graduates enrolled.

The US-based firm, which is one of the world's biggest building consultancies, said that the academy will run three-year programes and currently has 140 graduates enrolled, including 20 female students. The company said that the institute will help it work towards a goal of having 50% of its workforce comprising Saudi nationals by 2017.

Students will be trained in a range of disciplines, including engineering, design, HR and finance. Training will involve a mix of classroom teaching, online learning and placement with client organisations.

The company is working on a range of projects in the Kingdom, including the new King Khaled Medical City in Dammam, Riyadh's King Khaled International Airport expansion and the Jeddah Stormwater Drainage Programme.

The academy's executive director, Ghada Ghandourah, said it would "bring opportunities for Saudi nationals to develop skills that enable them to reap the benefits of the Kingdom’s many infrastructure projects'.

"It is appropriate that the academy opens its doors in the same month as International Women’s Day, and I am pleased that a significant number of female students have enrolled.”


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