SAP and Saudia to open competency centre

KAEC facility will aim to develop IT and business skills among young people in the Kingdom

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SAP and Saudia to open competency centre (l-r): Sam Alkharrat, Managing Director, SAP MENA and Muhammad Ali Albakri, CIO and CFO, Saudia.
By  Mark Sutton Published  March 13, 2013

SAP and Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) will partner to establish a Competency Center in the King Abdullah Economic City, to teach business, IT and leadership skills to students.

The two companies have signed an MOU, to develop skills among young people to develop high-level careers in IT and business.

Training will include a range of elements such as negotiation and communication to conflict management and ‘design thinking', along with SAP certifications on core business and industry solutions.

"Saudi Arabia needs to continue strengthening its ability to create sustainable high-tech jobs, and Saudia is determined to do everything it can to support this process," said His Excellency Eng. Khalid Abdullah Almolhem, director general, Saudia.

"By training the best and brightest in vital business and IT skills, we are laying the groundwork for jobs that can not only benefit individuals but also entire industries and the economy. As the world's leading business software company, SAP is set to be an extremely powerful ally to realise our ambitions in this area."

SAP will also provide expert guidance to the centre's IT hardware and software set up, as well as draw on its considerable global track-record of running successful capacity building programmes. SAP will also share aviation sector best practice to Saudia.

Saudia has already committed to moving 1,000 employees to its Smart Technology Hub in King Abdullah Economic City.

The MOU will also entail SAP sharing aviation industry-specific best practice to help Saudia support its operations across the board.

"Youth holds the key for Saudi Arabia's enduring success as a business hub and an innovator on the global stage," said Sam Alkharrat, managing director, SAP MENA.

"But to truly realise the immense potential of the Kingdom's new graduates, the private sector needs to share both infrastructure and world-class insight. SAP is a global leader in capacity building and, together with Saudia, we can really make a difference in the job market.  From supporting the Competency Center to sharing aviation industry insight, this is a highly strategic union, and one that is intimately linked to the Kingdom's most pressing business requirements. We are proud to sign this important MOU, and look forward to strengthening our partnership with Saudia."

1836 days ago
vinod mehra

A pleasant change of training mix comprising soft skills and technical training. Sure to hit the nail on the head.

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