91.5% Saudiza­tion achieved in SEC

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The Saudi Elec­tric­ity Com­pany (SEC) has achieved 91.5 per­cent na­tion­al­iza­tion of its staff due to the suc­cess of its pol­icy of train­ing and de­vel­op­ing the skills of Saudis who have re­placed ex­pa­tri­ate work­ers in the past few years, ac­cord­ing to Ab­dul­rah­man bin Mo­hammed Al-Obayed, se­nior vice pres­i­dent of hu­man re­sources at SEC.

Al-Obayed said over 23,000 Saudi en­gi­neers and tech­ni­cians are cur­rently han­dling op­er­a­tion, man­age­ment and main­te­nance of the SEC’s elec­tric sys­tem.

“The pol­icy of na­tion­al­iza­tion of dif­fer­ent tech­ni­cal and ad­min­is­tra­tive jobs is pro­gress­ing at an ac­cel­er­ated pace in all sec­tors, thanks to the ef­fi­ciency of young na­tional tal­ent and the role played by the com­pany’s train­ing in­sti­tutes and cen­ters. Th­ese in­sti­tutes and cen­ters seek to up­grade the skills of many na­tional cadres an­nu­ally and at the be­gin­ning of 2017 they have suc­cess­fully boosted na­tion­al­iza­tion rates to a record level at gen­er­a­tion plants and tech­ni­cal jobs in dif­fer­ent spe­cial­ties of the power in­dus­try in the King­dom,” he added.

Al-Obayed at­trib­uted the high rate of na­tion­al­iza­tion to SEC’s strat­egy of at­tract­ing tech­ni­cal and ad­min­is­tra­tive com­pe­ten­cies through lead­ers and tal­ent man­age­ment pro­grams. He said SEC is one of the lead­ing com­pa­nies at­tract­ing lo­cal tal­ent in the King­dom through its adop­tion of a num­ber of fi­nan­cial in­cen­tives and cre­ative pro­grams for out­stand­ing per­form­ers.

“We are aim­ing at more than na­tion­al­iz­ing all jobs at a record level by de­pend­ing on na­tional cadres to im­ple­ment the King­dom’s strat­egy of na­tion­al­iz­ing the elec­tric in­dus­tries. Th­ese cadres are our only means of trans­form­ing the King­dom into a promis­ing re­gional cen­ter for elec­tric in­dus­tries. The gov­ern­ment aims to pro­vide ad­di­tional elec­tric jobs for Saudi youths in or­der to sup­port the na­tional econ­omy and achieve self­suf­fi­ciency in equip­ment and ma­te­ri­als, in ad­di­tion to ex­port­ing them to the neigh­bor­ing coun­tries in line with Vi­sion 2030 and its ob­jec­tives to di­ver­sify the sources of na­tional econ­omy,” he added.

The SEC CEO said Saudis have been trained in in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies and fac­to­ries as well as spe­cial­ized in­sti­tutes in the US and Europe. “We have signed agree­ments with China, Ja­pan and South Korea to train na­tional cadres and trans­fer ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies into the King­dom,” he added.

SEC is one of the lead­ing com­pa­nies at­tract­ing lo­cal tal­ents in the King­dom.

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