ERIC Number: ED211665
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Vocational and Technical Preparation in Saudi Arabia (Manpower Development Programs Conducted by the Public and Private Sectors).
Campbell, Clifton P.
A serious constraint to the development of a modern and diversified industrial base in Saudi Arabia is the critical shortage of skilled manpower. To remedy this deficit, vocational and technical education programs in the country are being revised and expanded. Five secondary-level Vocational Industrial Schools have been established by the Ministry of Education. Graduates of these schools' three-year programs either enter postsecondary programs at the Higher Technical Institute or enter the work force in skilled occupations. Plans are being made for more of these schools to be built and for the curriculum to be revised to increase their student capacity greatly. Higher Technical Institute graduates of three-year programs are recruited for teaching at the Vocational Industrial Schools, while two-year graduates teach in prevocational programs. Many students enter the Vocational Industrial Schools from prevocational training, conducted at three Prevocational Centers (PVCs) for 14-17 year olds, in six-hour days, five days a week. The curriculum in the PVCs also is being revised to provide better training in less time for more students, and three new PVCs are being built. Training for school dropouts and men beyond regular school age is provided by vocational training programs, which have recently been taken over by the Ministry of Education from the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs. These training programs have been set up by international cousultants on contract to the Saudi Arabian government. Additional training is provided by mobile training laboratories, other government ministries, and private companies--all contributing to the success of Saudi Arabian technological development. (KC)
Descriptors: Economic Development, Foreign Countries, Labor Force Development, Labor Needs, Postsecondary Education, Prevocational Education, Program Development, Program Implementation, Program Improvement, Secondary Education, Skilled Occupations, Technical Education, Vocational Education, Vocational High Schools, Vocational Schools, Vocational Training Centers
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Saudi Arabia
Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Convention (Atlanta, GA, December 7, 1981).