ERIC Number: ED204493
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
A Survey of Technical and Skills Training in Saudi Arabia.
Campbell, Clifton P.
The most important task of development in Saudi Arabia is the cultivation of indigenous manpower to operate the equipment and run the factories. The Kingdom has recognized the importance of education and established a modern curriculum (elementary, junior, senior high) starting in the 1950s. Although there is some resistance to technical training by the populace (since they regard professional occupations as more desirable), vocational and technical training is growing. One means of semi-professional training is the Vocational Industrial School, for postsecondary training in technical skills. The first Vocational Industrial School opened in 1966. Now several such schools provide a two- or three-year technical education for the highest level of skilled personnel. For adolescents, among whom there has been a big dropout problem, the Ministry of Education operates several prevocational training schools. These programs operate six or seven hours a day, five days a week, for forty weeks a year. The government has also begun vocactional training in Vocational Training Centers (VTC) of males 18 to 30 years of age. With the construction of more VTCs, there will be an annual capacity for 7,200 trained persons to graduate in 1982. In addition to these programs, less-than-baccalaureate-degree programs are sponsored by other ministries, such as health care training and civil engineering skills training. More money and manpower is constantly being made available for the training effort which is a priority in Saudi Arabia. (KC)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Curriculum, Educational Development, Educational Equipment, Educational Facilities, Job Training, Labor Force Development, National Surveys, Postsecondary Education, Secondary Education, Semiskilled Occupations, Skilled Occupations, Technical Education, Technical Institutes, Vocational Education, Vocational Schools, Vocational Training Centers
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Saudi Arabia