Almarai participates with a working paper in Labor Market Forum
Almarai Company presented a working paper about Saudization challenges, in the Labor Market Meeting, held at Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and industry, under the auspices of Dr. Mufarrej Al-Haqabani, the Minister of Labor.
Faisal Al-Fahadi, Almarai’s HR and Support Services Manager, presented the paper. It went through the major challenges facing the private sector in Saudization of jobs such as the complete absence of the work culture of job seekers in this sector, or considering it a temporary work until having a permanent job in the government sector. This contributes to the high employee turnover of Saudi youth.
In the paper. Mr. Al-Fahadi maintained that commercial concealment is the major challenge to jobs Saudization. He called upon all government legislative and enforcement agencies to do away with it in order to create new job opportunities for Saudi citizens. He also addressed the gap between education outcomes and private sector requirements, terming it a main hindrance that should be removed by all labor bodies through training students in vocational and t4chnical work, and expanding strategic partnerships between the General Organization for Technical and Vocational Training “GOTVT” and the private sector.
To conclude, Mr. Al-Fahadi maintained that examining these challenges, discussing them with all labor market stakeholders, sharing success stories, and generating necessary recommendations will help create suitable bases for solutions. In this connection, Al-Fahadi referred to Almarai’s initiatives to Saudize the industry of food and dairy, trough establishing the Dairy and Food Polytechnic “DFP”, Al-Kharj, in collaboration with GOTVT and Human Development Fund “HDF”.DFP trains and qualifies high school grads in the skills and fundamentals of working in the dairy and food sector.
It is worth mentioning that Almarai currently employs more than 8000 Saudi staff. It has also several job Saudization initiatives such as Future Managers, and Tomorrow’s Leaders Programs, and Almarai Academy. The Company devotes some production lines in its factories in some Saudi regions to female workers. It received several Saudization awards for these initiatives.