STC launches all-female IT service centre

First of it's kind centre opens in Riyadh to "nurture capabilities" of Saudi women in IT

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STC launches all-female IT service centre The centre supports the strategy of the government, which aims to create employment opportunities for women. (ITP Images)
By  Helen Gaskell Published  January 20, 2015

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has launched the first all-female integrated Information Technology service centre in Riyadh.

The centre, which aims to provide Saudi women with a well-equipped and independent workplace, is managed by women and marks an achievement for STC in developing local talent and resources. STC signed an agreement with Tata Consultancy Services, a multinational IT service provider, to execute the management of the centre.

Khalid Al-Biyari, senior vice-president of technology and operations of STC, explained that the new centre will harness the potential of the Saudi women, who will undergo world-class training facilitated by Tata Consultancy Services.

"Afterwards, female employees will be assigned to IT projects managed by Tata Consultancy Services at STC in an environment that adheres to our noble Islamic principles. This supports the strategy of the government, which aims to create employment opportunities for women," he said.

The new centre will capitalise on the expertise of Tata to deliver additional technical support to STC in matters related to security, development, and operations. Its business model is considered to be the first of its kind in the Kingdom, as both STC and Tata will strive to employ female Saudi graduates and offer diverse career opportunities in the field of IT. If the initiative proves successful, STC will expand the range of services of the centre to enable Saudi women to participate in various other corporate initiatives.

Neeraj Srivastava, regional director of Tata Consultancy Services in KSA, said: "STC is a leader when it comes to initiatives that benefit society and the Kingdom, and such a milestone will further promote our cooperation with them."

The initiative is expected to become a training platform that nurtures the capabilities and skills of Saudi women in IT, it also seeks to empower women to participate in economic progress and explore new career opportunities.

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