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SAP trains over 750 Saudi nationals

Business software behemoth invests SAR 199m ($53m) to support Saudi youth and close the 30,000 IT skills gap

SAP trains over 750 Saudi nationals
The SAP Training and Development Institute has trained over 750 Saudi nationals.

Public, private and academic partnerships are making high-demand digital skills accessible to Saudi youth and helping the Kingdom fill the 30,000 IT jobs gap which will contribute to achieving the Saudi Vision 2030 talent development goals, global technology company SAP has said.

"Ground breaking innovative technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), Machine learning, the internet of things (IoT), blockchain and cloud are coming together to transform the Saudi workplace of the future," commented Steve Tzikakis, president, South Europe, Middle East and Africa at SAP. "Public, private, and academic sectors are strategically joining forces to integrate digital skills from education, through graduation to the workplace with a view to enabling the Kingdom achieve its immense potential and transform the economy, society as well as the environment."

Tzikakis added that SAP is very proud to play a leading role in building and fostering these partnerships through the SAP Training and Development Institute.

Aligned with SAP's four-year SAR 285m ($76m) Saudi investment plan, the SAP Training and Development Institute has trained over 750 Saudi nationals, with 98% career placement post training.

In addition, SAP's Young Professional Programme is a two to three month-long training for unemployed Saudi talent to become SAP Certified Associate Consultants. Since 2012, the institute has generated an in-country value of SAR 199m ($53m) in terms skills and knowledge development in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

"The technology world is growing very fast, and SAP tools nowadays are becoming the main requirements for some well-known companies in Saudi Arabia," said Yazeed Alkarzai, an analyst in governance and release planning for Global ERP at SABIC who graduated from the Young Professional Programme in July 2017. "I would advise every Saudi to join the SAP Young Professional Programme. With SAP skills, your chances of getting your dream job will be immensely higher."

Additional programmes offered by the SAP Training and Development Institute include the Dual Study Programme that integrates SAP technology training and certification into the university curriculum, the Startup Focus Programme that supports ideas based on big data, predictive, or real-time analytics solutions, and Winnovate, which enables breakthrough business innovation with design thinking and further innovation methodologies.

SAP is currently working with 35 educational institutions in Saudi Arabia through its University Alliances Programme and works with companies, partners and universities to connect and innovate with purpose through SAP Next-Gen.

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