Technology supporting Saudisation
Apps and e-services are helping to link job seekers with employers and authorities in Saudi
October saw the presentation of .GOV magazine's first ever awards for Saudi Arabia. The awards drew a very strong set of nominations for projects and initiatives which are having a positive impact in many different areas of government activity in the Kingdom. One thing that stood out about the nominations was that while there are leading-edge ICT projects supporting many different areas of the economy, technology seems to be playing a major role in helping to support Saudi Arabia in its goals of creating employment opportunities for Saudi nationals.
Nationalisation is an important issue for all of the states in the GCC, but for Saudi Arabia, with its large, young population, it is a particular challenge, and that is reflected in how many different government departments are involved in nationalisation, and looking to technology to help solve the issue.
One of the main themes in nationalisation projects is communications, and how technology can help reach out to the youth population and engage with them. With the high uptake of mobile devices in the region, it is no surprise that many of the solutions which aim to connect job seekers with vacancies are turning to smart applications to reach young people through the channel of their choice.
Other ICT-based projects are helping to create online matching services between vacancies and applicants, requiring tracking of large numbers of job seekers data, verifying data and applications, and creating a secure, yet convenient means of connecting people with the right opportunities.
Other programs are looking to use technology to deliver training and education to job seekers, to expand and match their skillsets with the vocational and professional skills which are in demand by vertical sectors. Here ICT solutions play an important role in delivering training to people in remote locations or allowing them to learn at their own pace through online training courses.
Beyond that, analytics is being applied to data taken from the education sector to help decision makers to shape the makeup of the future workforce and ensure that education and training can be tailored to meet the needs of the Kingdom. Overall, technology is becoming a vital tool to Saudisation.