The Red Sea Development Company Signs with HRDF Vocational Training Agreement to Support Local Talent
New initiative with the Human Resources Development Fund offers 500 seats for TRSDC vocational training program in multiple tracks
Riyadh, (29 August 2021): The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), the developer behind the world’s most ambitious regenerative tourism project, is partnering with the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) to deliver high-quality vocational training programs.
The two years and three months diploma programs will initially prepare 500 young Saudis for careers that support the growth of the most promising tourism destination. The programs are focused on the following disciplines: Hospitality, Airport Services, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Renewable Energy Services.
HRDF share our ambition to support local Saudi talents discover rewarding careers. Through this partnership, we are creating a significant pipeline of qualified local professionals, with the right skills and resources needed to establish a new and successful tourism sector in the Kingdom
said John Pagano, CEO of TRSDC.
In addition, HRDF and TRSDC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cooperate on future initiatives to support the development of the local human capital.
Turki Aljawini, Director General Saudi of HRDF said: “These initiatives are set to provide a long-term contribution to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Vision 2030, equipping young Saudis with the knowledge and expertise needed to start a rewarding journey towards a successful career. We’re looking forward to getting started with TRSDC and onboarding the first students to the vocational training program very soon.”
The program will open-up a wide range of job opportunities for those involved, such as guest relations, concierge services, restaurant chefs, renewable energy technicians and security operations mechanics. It is also supported by high quality training providers.
“Our people are at the heart of all we do here, and we are extremely proud that so far we have built a workforce that is made up of over 50 percent local talent. We are already seeing the success of previous initiatives, such as our Elite Graduate Program, and we can’t wait to welcome our new recruits and watch them excel,” added Pagano.
The partnership with HRDF follows a series of previous steps taken by TRSDC to create opportunities for local people and communities. Earlier this year, a Memorandum of Cooperation was signed between TRSDC and Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) which promises the creation of 1,300 local jobs in Saudi Arabia.
The developer also launched the second edition of its annual Elite Graduate Program earlier this year, offering a range of career paths. The program was initially designed and launched in 2020, offering 29 young Saudis on-the-job training at the company’s headquarters in Riyadh, with roles in departments such as sustainability, hospitality, marketing and business development.
Online registration for The Red Sea Vocational Training Programs will be announced soon, through TRSDC’s website and official social media platforms.
About The Red Sea Development Company
The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC - www.theredsea.sa) is a closed joint-stock company wholly owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia. TRSDC was established to drive the development of The Red Sea Project, a luxury, regenerative tourism destination that will set new standards in sustainable development and position Saudi Arabia on the global tourism map.
The project is being developed over 28,000 km2 of pristine lands and waters along Saudi Arabia’s west coast and includes a vast archipelago of more than 90 pristine islands. The destination also features sweeping desert dunes, mountain canyons, dormant volcanoes, and ancient cultural and heritage sites. It is designed to include hotels, residential properties, leisure, commercial and entertainment amenities, as well as supporting infrastructure that emphasizes renewable energy and water conservation and re-use.
Activity for the first phase of development is well underway and is on track to be completed by the end of 2023. The project has surpassed significant milestones, with over 600 contracts signed to date, worth some SAR 17 bn ($4.5bn).
The 100-hectare Landscape Nursery, which will provide more than 15 million plants for the destination, is now fully operational. There are more than 8,000 workers currently on-site and 80km of new roads are now complete. The Construction Village, set to house 10,000 workers, is now open and development is progressing well at the Coastal Village, which will be home to around 14,000 people who will eventually work at the destination.
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