Saudis benefit from Emerson's training initiative
Program supports KSA’s localisation and job creation goals through development of local talent
Emerson's new Middle East training program has graduated its first batch of Saudi students.
The Beginners Integration Training (BIT) program, run by its Emerson Automation Solutions division, started this month by recruiting 15 Saudi nationals recently graduated from universities and institutes in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States.
Emerson plans to conduct the recruitment and training program annually with a minimum of 15 graduates who will be hired to full-time positions with the company each year.
The newly recruited graduates will occupy technical (electronics, instrumentation, computer science, chemical and mechanical engineering) and non-technical positions (logistics, finance, marketing, administration, and document control).
This recruitment and training program is designed to support the In-Kingdom Total Value Add (IKTVA) program by driving localisation and job creation in the region through the development of local talent. Emerson’s BIT program will also aid in managing and staffing projects locally in the Kingdom, allowing faster project completions.
Performance of participants will be measured through progress reports, training examinations, and program milestone reviews.
The first group of new hires for Emerson’s Beginners Integration Training Program started work during the first week of July.
Liam Hurley, general manager of Emerson Automation Solutions in Saudi Arabia, stated: “Even after the first week, the standard set by this group of employees is very high and reaffirms our long-term vision for this program. I am very excited about Emerson’s future in Saudi Arabia having this team on-board and look forward now to seeing how the group grows and develops throughout the program.”
Emerson’s investments in Saudi Arabia includes the development of their facilities in Dammam First Industrial City and Dhahran Techno Valley. The facility opened early this year to provide services such as engineering, staging, commissioning, operational support, maintenance support, repair, field services, and training support to customers in the capital of Saudi Arabia’s eastern region.
Emerson’s facility in Dhahran Techno Valley, which is scheduled to be completed in October 2017, has been designed to add research and development capabilities to Emerson’s existing footprint in the Kingdom and to support the delivery of support and services to the oil and gas, mining and other process industries in Saudi Arabia.
Investing a total of $25m in the facility, it will be equipped with resources and facilities to support Emerson’s collaboration with local Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs), universities and industrial organisations to develop new solutions to tackle complex technical industrial challenges. The facility will also incorporate training and education facilities.