ERIC Number: ED242972
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Pre-Vocational Preparation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Campbell, Clifton P.
In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with few exceptions, occupational specialization programs for male students first become available at the secondary level (grades 10-12). Education is not compulsory, and substantial numbers drop out at all levels. Adolescents who leave school at the primary (elementary) or intermediate (grades 7-9) level must wait until age 18 before they can enroll in a vocational training center. This population is also subjected to restricted employment options because of labor regulations. Since 1973 a project to relieve young male dropouts and provide them with practical and general knowledge has been operating. Pre-Vocational Training Centers (PVCs) have been set up to provide free practical training in metalworking, electricity, welding, woodworking, and clerical subjects. Current planning envisions restructured training programs that: provide rudimentary education, limited skill development, and varied opportunities for occupational exploration; provide a firm foundation for follow-on trade specific training; and serve as a link to vocational training centers. In addition to expanding the training capacity and restructuring the program of study, innovative changes are being made in curriculum and instruction. Operational plans call for the implementation of competency-based, individualized instruction. (YLB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Saudi Arabia
Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Convention (Anaheim, CA, December 1983).