Riyadh: Female graduates from Saudi Arabia outperform male graduates in the on-the-job training program launched by the Human Resources Development Fund (Hadaf).
Hadaf said that since its inception in 2017, more than 61,000 male and female graduates with diplomas, bachelor’s degrees, or higher degrees have benefited from the Tamheer program.
Of this figure, 74% of the participants were women.
Riyadh, Macca, and Eastern Province were the top three regions represented by the participants.
Tamheer aims to help Saudi Arabians acquire the specialized knowledge and skills needed for the labor market through on-the-job training in line with their major or research discipline.
It also helps increase employability and stimulates the private sector to attract trained citizens after completing the training phase.
Tamheer pays SR2,000 ($ 533) per month for technical, health, government and university diploma holders and SR3,000 ($ 800) for bachelor’s and above.
It also covers insurance costs if the trainee is in a working environment due to the practical elements of the program.
The training period is 3 to 6 months.
Trainees will receive a certificate of experience upon successful completion of the program.
To qualify for the program, the applicant must be a graduate of higher education and have been unemployed for at least 6 months.
Hadaf has updated the invitation to the facility to provide training opportunities through the Taqat National Labor Portal.
It encourages companies to train Saudi Arabian graduates enrolled in the program. It is funded by Hadaf using fees paid in a parallel program called Nitaqat, a saudization scheme aimed at reducing unemployment while maximizing the mobilization of the country’s human capital.
If a company pays a Saudization unit to reach a certain range of the Nitaqat program, this money will be used as an incentive for Tamheer graduates.
Companies that provide on-the-job training through Tamheer also benefit from this program because Hadad pays trainees monthly incentives to cover the company’s financial costs.
Employers have the opportunity to learn about Saudi skills and qualifications in the labor market and hire the most qualified people to work for them.
Companies enrolled in the program must meet certain requirements in order to qualify for the program.
A clear plan for the trainees, a mentor appointed for every 10 trainees, monthly attendance records, and feedback to the trainees are required.
Tamheer allows government, semi-government, and private facilities to register.
It helps develop Saudi Arabia’s economy and society by allowing young people to become part of the workforce.
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