Sector Training Board

The Sector Training Board is an advisory board made up of key employers from different sectors of industry that will oversee...

The Sector Training Board is an advisory board made up of key employers from different sectors of industry that will oversee the training and development of the young Saudi workforce. Its objective is to work with the Colleges of Excellence to best determine the skills and environments required to enable a stronger, more skilled national workforce that carries the right certifications to be competitive in Saudi and globally.

Identifying the Right Skill Set

By establishing a market HRD intelligence platform in specific sectors, cross-referencing with analysis of government strategic policies, and assessing the existing workforce supply, the Board can identify the right skill sets required and provide a forecast of the forecast for that sector.

Closing the Gap in Supply & Demand

By identifying accredited training programs and certified training providers to collaborate with the TVTC to extend the training programs and courses to the sector's workforce, the Board aims to build capacity in the workforce to close the gap and meet the sector's demand.

Fostering a Stronger Skill Set

By coordinating and collaborating with other sectors, organizations, and employers to actively sponsor prospective employees at training centers via a "locked-in" employment program, the Board aims to improve the overall level and number of skilled Saudi workforce sector by sector.

Sector Training Board Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Sector Training Board?

The Sector Training Board is a national entity that will oversee the training and development of the young Saudi workforce of the sector business partners. The Sector HR Development Advisory Board is a collaboration body between TVTC/CoE and the major sector companies to ensure alignment of strategies and setting of priorities of technical and vocational skills training in the Kingdom.

Why was the Sector Training Board introduced?

This Board was introduced to overcome the following critical challenges related to the current state of the Kingdom's sector training market:
- There is a lack of a coordinating entity for training and development between the private sector and the public sector.
- There is no unified national training policy, strategy or implementation plan because every company does training on its own and there is a mismatch between specific industry needs and technical training outcome.
- The quality of training outcome is inconsistent when compared to international standards and benchmarks.
- There is no unified standardized certification process in place because every sector company currently awards certifications by itself, locally or internationally.
- And most importantly, there is no formal trainee sponsorship program. In other words there is no guaranteed or sustained employment for the trainees.

What training disciplines are targeted?

All the specialized and technical training that the sector and its sub sectors need are targeted but excludes skills needed for unskilled laborers. Therefore, it includes skilled and semi-skilled crafts and trades. This includes training needed for crafts and skills that are necessary for Upstream, Downstream, Engineering and High-End Construction, Power generation, transmission and distribution, Marine & Offshore, and Minerals.

Are there other members in the Sector Training Board?

Stakeholder companies other than the founding stakeholders can join the Board later on based on the terms and conditions that are detailed in the MoU. However, these will not be considered founding stakeholders.

Is the private sector (business community) represented on the Sector Training Board?

Yes, the private sector is represented by the Council of Saudi Chambers.

Can more members join the Sector Training Board in the future?

Yes, new member companies can join in the future as per details in the MoU.

Who will lead the Sector Training Board?

TVTC/CoE will chair and fund for Board for the first year of operation until the feasibility study is concluded and recommendations are endorsed.

What is the clear mission and vision of the Sector Training Board?

Sector Training Board's mission is to serve as the single platform for collaboration among the industries and the public sector to ensure alignment of efforts through developing unified strategies, long term training plans and supporting policies to address common HRD priorities. The ultimate outcome is to identify and close the gap in the sector supply and demand of skills, and to enhance the quality and quantity of training with the aim to fully support Saudization in the sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The vision is to create a center of excellence attracting new investment in skill building making Saudis more competitive and employable IK and throughout the region.

How will the Sector Training Board operate?

This Board is about skills building in the right direction for the sector. It is the governing body which sets the vision and strategy and under the Board, the Technical Committee will operationalize that strategy. Later on, the Board will transform into the Sector HRD Center, which is a not-for-profit organization that has its own business plan, charter and mandate; and will oversee the creation of specialized training centers, to serve the sector value chain. The HRD Center will liaise and communicate with the relevant Government ministries to note policy changes in training and development and investment trends. Sector Employers will sponsor and employ trainees and will provide demand and supply data, such as data from their EPC contractors on their major projects. Through partnerships with TVTC and HRDF,sector companies will be relieved from the big burden of CAPEX and OPEX spending. Colleges of Excellence (CoE) will play a major role in building the training capacity and financing the specialized training centers. The ultimate goal is that sponsored trainees are who graduate from such specialized institutes will be guaranteed meaningful employment. Cooperation between the Sector HRD Center and international advisors will help in the benchmarking, R&D and to keep up with trends.

What is the function of the Sector Training Board?

The Board will serve as the platform for collaboration and coordination to achieve alignment of strategies and set priorities.
- It will develop and implement an Sector Level Training & Development Plan.
- It will help in identifying and closing the gap in skill sets supply and demand in the sector.
- This will dramatically increase Saudization percentages in the sector. It will prepare the national workforce for the job environment through education and training programs that the sector industry needs, with guaranteed employment through sponsorship. In other words, a streamed process "From Training to Employment."
- The quality of training will be improved and the quantity of training will be increased to meet demand in the sector by international accreditation of the industry-led specialized training institutes and by developing a unified standardized skills certification process of the participating Saudi workforce to be consistent with international benchmarks.
- The ultimate goal is: to ensure that the young Saudi workforce has the skills, qualifications and formal certifications to be employed nationally and globally.

What are the roles and responsibilities of the founding stakeholder organizations?

sector companies that are founding stakeholders of the Board must collaborate with each other and the Board to perform duties such as:
- Allocating an authorized senior executive as a member of the Board and nominating one or more subject matter experts to serve on the technical committee of the Board.
- Sharing supply and demand data of skills to help in sizing and building capacity for training and development in the sector.
- Sponsoring trainees and paying their stipend in full.
- Being responsible for the governance of the training institutes and other critical roles that require good partnership and collaborative working.
- Providing special equipment when needed (both new and used equipment for hands-on training).
- Participating in the On the Job Training (OJT) system development, and providing feedback on graduate performance including safety and discipline.
- Providing finance and resources if required.

What is the role of the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) in the Sector Training Board?

TVTC/CoE carry major responsibilities especially when it comes to full infrastructure provision of the training centers as well as full financing of the international training providers which includes: providing the license, accreditation and certification of the training centers programs. Additionally, TVTC/CoE will provide legal support, resources and provide the necessary funds for the Board.

What is the role of the Colleges of Excellence (CoE) in the Sector Training Board?

TVTC/CoE carry major responsibilities especially when it comes to full infrastructure provision of the training centers as well as full financing of the international training providers which includes providing the license, accreditation and certification of the training centers programs.

Would there be an impact on the national economy as a result of establishing the Sector Training Board?

- Better alignment of Netagat with the industry
- Attracting new investment in skill building
- Making skilled Saudis a competitive advantage for the National economy

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