Iktva in Action

Offshore Projects Department gears up training for Saudization

Working together with contractors and institutes, Aramco helps young Saudis fill key offshore positions.

Offshore Projects Department gears up training for Saudization

The lack of available skilled offshore construction manpower has been a challenge in increasing Saudization and iktva values in Aramco’s offshore projects, which couldn’t be bridged with the existing onshore-based training. 


The Offshore Projects Department (OPD) has launched an initiative with a team of 12 contractors and local institutes to develop a suitable training plan and curricula appropriate for the distinctive nature of the industry. 


In line with our citizenship responsibilities and the objectives of Saudi Vision 2030, this endeavor will strive to promote Saudization in the offshore construction manpower by availing fair opportunities for Saudi manpower and helping them develop skills for the available job market.


OPD, working with contractors and local institutes, has developed a curricula and training plan for an intensive two-ear program that has been customized for the offshore industry. Those completing the course, which features theory and practical skills, receive a diploma on par with international standards.


Aramco has ambitious plans for the development of its offshore oil and gas fields, working hand in hand with our contractors and local institutes, such an initiative will ensure meeting iktva and Saudization targets that strives to avail talented Saudi manpower a promising career path in its projects.
— Abdulkarim A. Al-Ghamdi, vice president of Project Management. 


Some 340 students specialized in key crafts such as offshore welding, offshore crane operations, and maritime discipline have been included in its first intake. The first year focuses on technical skills learning, while the second year provides on-the-job training with the selected contractors. 


The program is extendable to a four year bachelor degree program for distinguished students, in local and reputable institutes such as the Saudi Petroleum Studies Polytechnique, the National Maritime Academy, and the National Institute of Technical Inspectors. 


The program will also involve training and certifying approximately 20 Saudi females, for the first time in the offshore industry in-Kingdom, specifically in key disciplines, including offshore safety management and other technical areas.



Partners in Saudization

The initiative has resulted in signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with eight contractors: National Petroleum Construction Company (100 students), Larsen & Toubro and Subsea-7 (60 students), McDermott (30 students), Zamil Offshore (50 students), Jana Offshore (30 students), Lamprell (20 students), Saipem (20 students), and Sapura (20 students). 



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