By P.K. ABDUL GHAFOUR | ARAB NEW
JEDDAH: The Labor Ministry intends to launch 30 new initiatives as part of its ongoing efforts to create jobs for the increasing number of Saudi university graduates, Labor Minister Adel Fakeih announced Saturday.
Addressing prominent businessmen and executives in the city, he said the new initiatives would include efforts to develop the skills of Saudi workers, informing the private sector about qualified Saudi jobseekers and opening new employment opportunities for women.
Fakeih made this comment while opening a workshop at Jeddah Hilton on “Pioneers of Saudization” attended by delegates from companies in Premium and Green categories of the newly introduced Nitaqat system. Other initiatives planned by the ministry are employment for people with special needs, incentives for working in remote villages and regions and development of the Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF).
The minister’s statement comes on the eve of Jeddah HR Forum 2011, which aims to strengthen the partnership between the public and private sectors to implement the Nitaqat system and solve unemployment among the Saudis. According to a recent report, the ministry has received applications from more than a million Saudis seeking jobs.