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Zamil Higher Institute for Industrial Training Receives Award for Outstanding Performance in Qualifying Saudi Aramco’s Contractor Technicians
Zamil Higher Institute for Industrial Training recently participated in the first Contractor Workforce Qualification Assurance Program (CWQAP) forum, held in Al-Khobar and attracting representatives from many contracting companies and training centers and institutes.
Mr. Nabil Al-Dabal, General Manager of Training and Development at Saudi Aramco, presented the trophy for best performance among all the Saudi Aramco-approved training centers and institutes to Dr. Mohamed Sharif, Director of the Institute.
Dr. Sharif, in accepting the award, stated that the prestigious top performer award was recognition of how Zamil strictly adhered to the high quality procedures and standards stipulated by Saudi Aramco for delivering qualification test preparation training courses as well as the qualification tests.
He added that the forum provided an excellent opportunity for all to learn more about the aims and objectives of CWQAP. The Institute gave a detailed presentation on the qualification test implementation at the Institute and the qualification preparation training course delivery methodology, which enabled them to achieve a high pass rate among those who attended the typical three-day qualification preparation course.
It is worth noting that Zamil Higher Institute for Industrial Training was the first training center to be approved by Saudi Aramco to conduct the qualification tests in 2014, and since then the Institute has helped over 700 technicians from different contracting companies to attend the qualification preparation courses and take the relevant tests for six key crafts: electricians, instrument technicians, machinists, HVAC technicians, metal pipefitters, and metal fabricators.
Delegation from the Saudi Council of Engineers Visits Zamil Higher Institute for Industrial Training
A delegation from the Saudi Council of Engineers, led by Eng. Khalid Al Melhem, Head of the HVAC branch, recently visited Zamil Higher Institute for Industrial Training. The group’s goal was to learn more about the institute’s services and programs and to discuss future cooperation in the implementation of selected courses.
The delegation met with Dr. Mohamed Sharif, director of the institute, as well as senior staff members. According to Dr. Sharif, the two parties discussed the implementation of short, specialized courses for engineers in the field of refrigeration and air conditioning technology, which would allow engineers to take advantage of the state of the art training experiences and equipment available at the institute.
After the meeting, the delegation eagerly took the opportunity to visit the workshops, laboratories and training classes and to speak with both trainers and trainees about their experiences.
Saudi Industrial Property Authority Delegation Visits Zamil Higher Institute for Industrial Training
A delegation from the Saudi Industrial Property Authority (MODON), headed by Eng. Mohammed Alswailem, director of the branches of MODON, recently visited Zamil Higher Institute for Industrial Training to evaluate the training programs and services that are offered by the institute and to explore ways to offer these services to various companies based at the industrial cities.
The team held a detailed meeting with Dr. Mohamed Sharif, director of the institute, along with senior staff members. Dr. Sharif indicated that the discussion with the MODON representatives covered ways for the institute to communicate effectively with businesses operating in various industrial cities and provide presentations of the available training services. Companies will then be encouraged to fully utilize the facilities at the institute to engage in new skill development and to expand the knowledge of their employees.
A tour of the training workshops was arranged for the visitors and they enjoyed the opportunity to meet with many trainers and trainees from various companies. They learned more about the standard of the training services offered, and the delegates were very impressed with the training programs as well as the wide-range of modern tools and equipment available at the institute.
Strategic Partnership between Zamil Higher Institute for Industrial Training and TPC Training Systems
Zamil Higher Institute for Industrial Training (ZHIIT) has recently signed a partnership agreement with TPC Training Systems, a leading American training systems and services company headquartered near Chicago, Illinois.
The new partnership will place the institute in a leading position compared with other training companies and institutions by providing more technical and vocational training services in various fields of technology. With the comprehensive training solutions and technologies that TPC Training Systems provides, the partnership will enhance the institute’s existing locally and internationally accredited training curriculums and facilities.
Dr. Mohamed Abdulla Sharif, director of the institute, stated that TPC’s innovative and comprehensive solutions address the constant challenges and requirements of maintenance and operation technicians across different manufacturing and service industries.
He added that an exhibition will be held at the institute in Dammam on December 5-6, 2017, featuring the expanded total training solutions available through the combination of training curriculums and facilities at both ZHIIT and TPC Training Systems. The exhibition will feature a virtual reality simulation crane and rigging operator training modules, as well as blended learning solutions to support all aspects of the technician training cycle.
Zamil Higher Institute for Industrial Training Successfully Delivers NEBOSH Training Course and Examination to Engineers
Zamil Higher Institute for Industrial Training recently completed a NEBOSH- UK International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (IGC) course for a group of 19 engineers and technicians from various companies.
Dr. Mohamed Sharif, the director of the Institute, stated that the institute delivered the training course and arranged for the international examination to be conducted at the institute under the supervision of the British Council. He added that the IGC certification is in high demand among various industries. It covers occupational health and safety policies and procedures that must be followed in a wide range of activities, including the building and construction, manufacturing and petrochemical industries.
Dr. Sharif indicated that the next IGC and IOGC (International Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas Operational Safety) courses will start on July 9 and 23, 2017, respectively, and the registration is still open for those who are interested in completing the courses and examinations.
Zamil Higher Institute for Industrial Training Signs Training Agreement with Saudi KAD Contracting Company
Zamil Higher Institute for Industrial Training recently signed a training agreement with the Saudi KAD Contracting Company to train 60 of its Saudi employees in welding and fabrication technology as part of the first phase of the job localization (Saudization) program.
Dr. Mohamed A. Sharif, director of the Institute, stated that the training program has recently started; its duration is six months and it is designed to qualify young Saudis to work as competent welders and fabricators. He added that the training program consists of a number of courses, including technical English language, occupational safety and health, technical drawing, and applied mathematics, as well as theoretical and practical courses on flux-cored arc welding (FCAW) technology.
The training program focuses on welding mild steel plates and pipes of various thicknesses and diameters and in different welding positions, using the latest welding equipment that is available at the institute. The company expects employees to be able to professionally weld metals of various dimensions and in different positions.
Zamil Higher Institute for Industrial Training Receives Accreditation from NEBOSH-UK
Zamil Higher Institute for Industrial Training has recently been accredited by the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH-UK) to deliver the following two certificate training courses: International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety; and International Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas Operational Safety.
Dr. Mohamed A. Sharif, director of the Institute, stated that the accreditation was granted to the institute to deliver the two internationally accredited certification training courses in occupational safety and health because the institute has fulfilled all the requirements and met the strict standards stipulated by NEBOSH-UK. He added that the duration of the first training course is 80 hours (16 days) and the duration of the second course is 34 hours (six days). The course participants are then registered to sit for the certification examinations that are supervised by the British Council.
He stated that the general certificate course is suitable for supervisors, engineers and other employees who are involved in occupational health and safety in various manufacturing and service industries, while the technical certificate course is targeted at managers, superintendents, supervisors and engineers who work in the oil, gas and petrochemical industries.
Dr. Sharif invites all owners, stakeholders and concerned parties at various private- and public-sector organizations to visit the institute and learn more about the internationally accredited training courses offered there.
Zamil Higher Institute for Industrial Training provides training programs accredited by the Saudi Technical and Vocational Training Corporation and financially supported by the Human Resources Development Fund. The institute is also accredited by a number of major national companies as a registered corporate training provider. It utilizes the newest innovations in industrial training equipment and employs highly qualified and experienced professionals to develop and deliver customized training programs in addition to those on the regular schedule.
Zamil Higher Institute for Industrial Training Participates in the Training and Development Exhibition at SciTech
Zamil Higher Institute for Industrial Training participated in the Training and Development exhibition that was organized by the Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Science and Technology Center (SciTech) in Al-Khobar and held from May 3 through May 5, 2016.
Dr. Mohamed Sharif, the director of the Institute, stated that the exhibition provided an excellent opportunity to meet with potential clients and the public at large and to describe the wide array of training programs and services that are offered by the Institute.
He added that many individuals and company representatives attending the exhibition were very interested in the training programs and specialized short courses available. They were invited to visit the Institute to tour the state-of-the-art facilities, discuss their specific training requirements and explore the wide range of solutions provided by the Institute.
Graduation of the First Batch of Schlumberger Company Trainees from Zamil Higher Institute for Industrial Training
Zamil Higher Institute for Industrial Training recently held a graduation ceremony for the first batch of Schlumberger Middle East Company trainees.
Dr. Mohamed Abdulla Sharif, the director of the Institute, revealed that 58 of Schlumberger company trainees have successfully completed and recently graduated from the Certificate in Oil Field Services Technology training program.
He added that the graduation ceremony was attended by His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, the Chief Executive Officer of the Oil and Gas Holding Company (Nogaholding); Dr. Chokri Benamor, Vice President and General Manager of Schlumberger Middle East; Abdul Mohsin Abdullah Al Ghamdi, the Vice President of Administration and HR at Zamil Industrial and the Executive Director of the Institute, along with many esteemed guests and the graduates themselves.
Dr. Sharif opened the ceremony by welcoming the guests and graduates and showing appreciation for their participation. This was followed by a speech by Dr. Benamor, in which he outlined the nature of the work of Schlumberger and explained the expectations that senior executives have for the Institute’s graduates. His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed Al Khalifa congratulated the graduates on their outstanding achievements and summarized the way forward after graduation.
The visitors were provided with an opportunity to tour the Institute’s training workshops and facilities, and were impressed with the standard of the training equipment, amenities and resources on offer.
The Certificate in Oil Field Services Technology training program is a 12-month training scheme that supplements specialized technical courses in areas such as oilfield cementing equipment and systems, and oil pumping and transportation components and systems, with additional courses on Technical English Language, Applied Mathematics, Occupational Health and Safety, and Work Ethics.
Zamil Higher Institute for Industrial Training Signs Training Agreement with National Contracting Company
Zamil Higher Institute for Industrial Training recently signed a training agreement with the National Contracting Company (NCC) to train 50 of their newly recruited Saudi employees as part of the localization of their technical jobs program.
Dr. Mohamed Abdulla Sharif, the director of the Institute, stated that the Institute will train the NCC employees in the electrical and electronics technology field in line with the company’s requirement for competent electrical and electronics technicians. Individuals who undergo the required training will progress to work on vital projects in electrical power transmission and distribution systems, and electrical substations.
Dr. Sharif added that the trainees will start their training program at the Institute by studying general and technical English language, occupational safety and health, fundamentals of computer applications and mathematics and science for technicians, before they commence specialized training courses to develop their technical skills. The duration of the program will be two years at the Institute followed by the completion of three months of on-the-job-training in the same field of specialization.
The program will provide participants with the technical skills required to repair and maintain electrical systems and equipment such as electric motors and generators, electrical power transmission and distribution lines. They will also develop a comprehensive understanding of the applications of electrical and electronics devices in electrical power control and the design, construction, testing and repair of electronic circuits.
Dr. Sharif concluded that the trainees’ progress will be evaluated on a continual basis throughout the training program. Once completed, the graduates will be accredited by the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) and will receive diplomas in electrical and electronics technology. Moreover, the accredited diplomas will enable the graduates to continue their education and training so that their skills, knowledge and capabilities are developed on a continual basis as part of the career development programs that are available within various organizations.
Zamil Higher Institute for Industrial Training Delivers a Specialized Training Course for the Ministry of Defense
Zamil Higher Institute for Industrial Training recently conducted a specialized training course on refrigeration and air conditioning technology developed primarily for a group of employees from the directorate of construction and maintenance of the Ministry of Defense in Saudi Arabia.
Dr. Mohamed Abdulla Sharif, the director of the Institute, stated that the participants consisted of engineers and technicians and the course content was developed to meet the specific requirements of the directorate. He added that the course focused on developing the practical skills and the underpinning knowledge required to maintain, diagnose and repair faults in various types of air conditioning systems.
The group attended theoretical and practical training sessions and visited the Zamil Air Conditioners manufacturing facilities in order to learn more about the procedures involved in the production of various air conditioning systems and units.
This specialized course is just one part of a continuous cooperation between the Institute and the Ministry of Defense. The Institute is currently developing a comprehensive training program for many of the ministry’s employees. The content of this training program will include technical English language skills as well as specialized practical and theoretical training units on operation and maintenance of various types of air conditioning systems and water chillers.
Zamil Higher Institute for Industrial Training Signs Additional Technical Training Agreement with Schlumberger Middle East
Zamil Higher Institute for Industrial Training Receives Accreditation from Edexcel-UK
Zamil Higher Institute for Industrial Training Signs a New Training Agreement to Train 260 of El-Seif Engineering Contracting Company’s Employees
Zamil Higher Institute for Industrial Training Signs Training Agreement with El-Seif Engineering Contracting Company
Zamil Higher Institute for Industrial Training Signs Technical Training Agreement with Schlumberger Middle East
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Zamil Industrial and Dammam College of Technology Sign Cooperation Agreement to Support Recruitment of Saudi Nationals
The agreement was signed by VP of Corporate Admin and Human Resources at Zamil Industrial, Abdul Mohsen A. Al Ghamdi, and the Dean of Dammam College of Technology, Mr. Ahmed A. Al-Thunayan. According to its terms, Zamil Industrial will provide a list of requirements within the specified professional and technical disciplines to Dammam College of Technology, and the College will provide a list of the candidates that meet the conditions set forth by the company. Zamil Industrial will then notify the College of the number and names of the accepted candidates upon completion of the recruitment process.
Zamil Industrial has established fundamental requirements that must be met by all potential candidates: the ability to perform a job well done, concentration of study in the specific disciplines set by the company in the application form, and completion of all coursework required to attain official graduate status and receive the applicable certificate. Successful candidates must be ready to commit to the company work hours and to the schedule of operations observed in the assigned department.
Zamil Industrial will offer the selected candidates the following benefits: a monthly basic wage as determined by the salary scale of the position, an annual housing allowance equivalent to three months basic salary, a transportation allowance, and medical insurance for the employee, spouse and children. Additional available advantages include: training courses, an annual salary increase based upon the employee’s performance review, career planning assistance, interest-free loans of up to SAR 10,000 to employees in need, and a variety of social and recreational activities.
U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom Visits Zamil Industrial in Dammam
The United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Mr. James Smith accompanied by the U.S. Consul General in Dhahran, Mr. Joey Hood, paid a visit to Zamil Industrial Investment Co. (Zamil Industrial) on Saturday, 20 April 2013.
At the premises of the Zamil Higher Institute for Industrial Training in Dammam, His Excellency was received by Mr. Hamad A. Al Zamil, the CEO of Zamil Industrial, Abdulla M. Al Zamil, and other senior officials of the Institute. The tour of His Excellency included the Institute’s facilities, workshops and labs and was provided with detailed descriptions of the training programs, services and courses offered by the Institute to its trainees.
At the conclusion of the visit, His Excellency commended the quality of occupational programs, training devices and equipment and spoke of the need within the Kingdom for internationally accredited vocational training programs that meet the needs of many Saudi corporates and Individuals.
Zamil Higher Institute for Industrial Training Signs a Training Agreement with Saudi Aramco
Zamil Higher Institute for Industrial Training recently signed a two-year training agreement with Saudi Aramco to provide professional training to 102 of the company’s apprentices.
The Executive Director of the Institute, Abdul Mohsen Al-Ghamdi, stated that the training programs began on the 3rd of December 2012, after preparing and arranging the required resources and trainers in order to meet Saudi Aramco standards. The first year of the training program is academically oriented, with English language and mathematics included within other subject lessons, while technical and work related skills will be delivered during the second year of the program.
It is worth noting that the Institute has been approved and accredited by Saudi Aramco as a registered corporate training provider following delegate visits to the facilities and positive evaluations of the capabilities and standard of training services provided by the Institute.
Dr. Ali Al-Ghafis Visits Zamil Industrial Training Institute in Dammam
The Governor of Technical & Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC), Dr. Ali bin Nasser Al-Ghafis, paid a special visit on Tuesday, January 03, 2012 to Zamil Industrial Training Institute, which is owned and operated by Zamil Industrial Investment Company (Zamil Industrial) and located at Dammam First Industrial City. Dr. Ali Ghafis' visit coincided with his attendance at the Future Prospects in Training in the Kingdom Conference, held at Asharqia Chamber.
The visit included an examination of the facilities of the Institute, which is in its final stages of preparation, as well as a tour of the training and educational workshops and facilities, which will benefit Zamil Industrial employees as well as trainees from other companies upon its upcoming opening.
Abdulla M. Al Zamil, Chief Executive Officer of Zamil Industrial, commented: "The visit of Dr. Ali Al-Ghafis to the Eastern Region and his attendance at the Training Conference offered a good opportunity for a visit to Zamil Industrial Training Institute, which is planned to be operational within the next two months. He graciously accepted our invitation to visit the Institute and toured all sections, training workshops and lecture halls that will be used to train students in welding, air-conditioning and refrigeration, electricity technologies and other disciplines common to various industries in the areas of mechanical and electronic technologies."
The Institute was completed at a cost of SAR 50 million and has a capacity for 400 trainees during the morning and evening work periods. It will bring UK-based, Edexcel-approved vocational training to the region by virtue of a cooperative agreement signed last year with Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education (GIFHE), the leading UK-based provider of vocational air conditioning and refrigeration technology training. GIFHE will work with ZITI in the development of training, notably programs in refrigeration and air conditioning, welding and fabrication, production, instrumentation and control and electrical and electronics technologies.
Grimsby Institute will also cooperate in the establishment of a Quality Control and Assurance Unit at ZITI, which is a vital requirement for Edexcel-UK accreditation. The unit will ensure that all the departments at ZITI follow specific procedural standards set by the main qualifications-awarding body (Edexcel) and Grimsby Institute when delivering training and assessing trainees.
"At end of this year's first quarter, the first group of trainees, composed of Zamil Industrial employees and those from other companies committed to the training and employment of Saudi citizens, will enter this facility and prepare to improve their futures as well as that of the overall workforce in the Kingdom," he added.
In conclusion, Abdulla Al-Zamil thanked Dr. Al-Ghafis for his visit and for his helpful advice on the expansion of Zamil Industrial training activities throughout Saudi Arabia.
Zamil Industrial Honors Talented Saudi Students in the Eastern Region
Zamil Industrial Investment Company (Zamil Industrial) held a special ceremony on Saturday, 2 June 2012 to pay tribute to a number of talented Saudi students who have recently received academic recognition at the local and national levels across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This ceremony is part of a wider company initiative designed to support the exceptional academic achievements of Saudi youth and honor the hard work and talent they exhibit in a variety of disciplines.
The ceremony began with recitation of verses from the Holy Quran, followed by an opening speech from Ahmed A. Al Zamil, in which he welcomed Dr. Abdul Rahman Al-Mudariz, the General Director of Education in the Eastern Province, and all attendees to the ceremony. The next speaker was renowned Saudi inventor, engineer Muhannad Abu Diah, who spoke of his achievements as well as the personal challenges he faced following an accident in which he lost his leg and eyesight. He told the students how he did not lose hope, but continued his education and ultimately became the first blind Saudi engineer in the Arab world to be graduated from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM).
Next, Dr. Abdul Rahman Al-Mudariz delivered a speech in which he expressed appreciation for the initiatives and efforts of Zamil Industrial and its interaction with and continual support for the community at large. Mr. Walid Suwailem, Director of Dhahran Ahlia Schools, followed, delivering a speech on behalf of the honored students. The event concluded as these exceptional students accepted congratulations and best wishes for success in their future endeavors. They were: Fatima Ghassan Ajaji, third place in the world in materials engineering and bioengineering; Salim Abdul Fattah Dajani, fourth place in the world in natural science; Abdullah Alabandi, fourth place in the world in natural science; Hisham Khalid Al-Faleh, third place in the world in materials engineering and bioengineering; Ryan Abdul Rahman Al-Rubaish, for his achievements in engineering on the Kingdom level, and finally Nayef Suhail Al-Humoud, fourth place in the world in the field of chemistry.
Zamil Industrial Provides Training Opportunities for Secondary School, College and University Students
Zamil Industrial Investment Company (Zamil Industrial) is dedicated to serving the community, as evidenced by the company’s annual provision of specialized training opportunities for a large number of university, college and secondary school students.
The Director of Zamil Higher Institute for Industrial Training, Dr. Mohamed Abdulla Sharif, recently announced that the institute’s annual summer training programs were divided into two categories; those designed for secondary school students and others intended for college and university students from various regions of the Kingdom.
This year, the company provided on-the-job training opportunities for 40 university and technical college students in Dammam. The trainees worked in production, engineering, sales and marketing, information technology and finance departments at Zamil Steel and Zamil Air Conditioners. Students from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dammam University, King Abdulaziz University, Prince Mohamed bin Fahd University in Al Khobar, Al Baha University, Dammam College of Technology and Technical Trainers College in Riyadh participated in the programs.
The training season began in June 2012, with programs ranging in length from two months for the summer training students to seven months for the cooperative university students. The Training Institute coordinated with various Zamil Industrial businesses to arrange appropriate project assignments in advance, and provided complete guidance and support for the trainees throughout their experiences. The programs provided ample opportunities for vital skills improvement, including: communication skills, creative thinking and problem solving, planning, time management, analytical and team work. Students were given opportunities to develop a positive work ethic, learn new skills in their specialized fields of study, and to interact with multinational professional employees of the company while gaining confidence in dealing with various work-related situations.
Each university student receives an SAR 2,000 per month stipend, while college students are given SAR 1,000 per month as an incentive to active participation in the training program.
The Training Institute also coordinated with a National Institute to train 40 male and 20 female secondary school students during their summer holidays. The training program for these students consisted of an intensive English language communications skills module and an information technology module including Microsoft Office applications. The modules were specifically selected to help the students to develop vital skills necessary for success in their future studies and chosen careers. The secondary students were also periodically assessed during the program and received SAR 1,000 in appreciation for their hard work and dedication to the training initiative.
Zamil Higher Institute for Industrial Training Welcomes Visiting Corporate Representatives
Over the past few weeks, delegates from a number of prestigious companies, including Saudi Aramco, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) and Saudi Electricity Company, have visited Zamil Higher Institute for Industrial Training in order to assess and evaluate its capabilities and training facilities.
Dr. Mohamed Abdulla Sharif, Director, met with the delegates of each of the companies and presented them with detailed information on the educational services, facilities and training philosophies utilized by the Institute. He also accompanied the delegates on tours of the training workshops, laboratories and other facilities at the Institute and answered their queries about various aspects of the facility and its offerings. The corporate delegates wished to determine whether the Institute is qualified to deliver the wide-ranging, high quality training courses and programs required by employees at their organizations.
The delegates were very impressed with the quality of the Institute’s offerings, and the fact that all training programs are fully accredited by the Saudi Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC), as well as Edexcel UK (the UK-based agency responsible for awarding international accreditation and qualifications). As a result of the visit, Saudi Aramco approved the Institute as a major training provider and assigned a vendor number enabling the Institute to bid for any training services required by Saudi Aramco in the near future.
Dr. Sharif reported that senior representatives from SABIC praised the Institute’s management for establishing such a unique and first-rate training Institute in the region, and they have approved the Institute as one of the company’s training providers. In addition, Saudi Electricity Company has approved the Institute as one of their registered training providers after delegates made a number of visits to the facilities and positively evaluated the capabilities and the standard of training services provided by the Institute.
Zamil Higher Institute for Industrial Training has invited a number of industrial companies to send representatives to visit the Institute and inspect the facilities, as well as to explore various avenues of cooperation with regard to the training and development of their employees. The Institute strives to meet the training needs of industrial companies and provide high-quality, internationally certified training courses that contribute positively to the expansion of the capabilities and skills of national manpower. It seeks to equip Saudi youth with the best available training opportunities in preparation for careers in various technical and industrial fields.
King Faisal University Delegation Visits Zamil Higher Institute for Industrial Training
A high-level delegation headed by Dr. Yousuf bin Mohammed Al-Jandan, President of King Faisal University in Al Ahsa, recently visited Zamil Higher Institute for Industrial Training (ZHIIT) to inspect its training facilities and learn more about the operations of the Institute. A group of Zamil Industrial management personnel was on hand to meet with the delegation.
Dr. Mohamed Abdulla Sharif, the Director of the Institute, delivered a presentation on the training programs and services offered by the Institute and accompanied the delegates on a tour of the institute’s workshops, laboratories and other facilities. The delegates were very impressed with the quality standards and diverse range of both the programs and training equipment available at the Institute, and the president of the university spoke of the need within the Kingdom for internationally accredited vocational training programs, since there are ample recruitment opportunities for the graduates in public as well as private sector organizations.
Dr. Al-Jandan also indicated that the university will gladly cooperate with the Institute in a variety of ways, including the sharing of teaching experience and in the development of training laboratories and programs, support which is greatly appreciated by the management of both ZHIIT and Zamil Industrial. The Institute, designed according to international standards to provide locally as well as internationally accredited training programs, is prepared to meet the demands of rapidly developing industries across the Kingdom. Moreover, the institute uses international benchmarks in evaluating the skills of the graduates to ensure that they qualify for a wide-range of employment situations as well as excellent opportunities for advanced training and education in the most highly industrialized countries, such as the UK and USA.
It’s worth noting that the total development cost of Zamil Higher Institute for Industrial Training has exceeded SAR 50 million and it has the capacity to serve 300 trainees at any given time, serving up to 600 trainees when operating on two (morning and evening) shifts. The Institute has recently been approved and accredited by Saudi Aramco, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) and Saudi Electricity Company as a registered corporate training provider following delegate visits to the facilities and positive evaluations of the capabilities and standard of training services provided by the Institute.
Corporate Delegates Visit Zamil Higher Institute for Industrial Training to Evaluate Opportunities for Future Cooperation
Delegates from several large industrial and service sector companies recently visited Zamil Higher Institute for Industrial Training, the career development arm of Zamil Industrial, in order to evaluate its range of training resources and available programs.
Representatives from Serco Group, the leading international industrial services company, Mustang Al Hejailan Dar Pi, a renowned engineering company, and Baric Systems Middle East Ltd, which specializes in fluid handling systems, toured the facility. Dr. Mohamed Abdulla Sharif, the Director of the Institute, presented the training services and programs to the delegates and accompanied them on tours of the workshops, laboratories and other areas of the Institute.
The delegates were very impressed with the state-of-the-art facilities and the standard and range of training programs offered. They agreed to meet again in the near future to discuss their specific training requirements and to explore possible avenues of cooperation aimed at meeting their training and development needs.
Zamil Higher Institute for Industrial Training supplies programs accredited by Edexcel-UK, an International qualifications agency, as well as the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) and the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) within the Kingdom. Offerings include: diploma programs for secondary school graduates, specialized courses for technicians and engineers, and courses specifically developed to the specifications of corporate clients. The Institute utilizes the newest innovations in training equipment and employs highly qualified and experienced professionals to develop and deliver customized training programs in addition to those on the regular schedule.
Zamil Industrial Starts Summer and Cooperative Training Programs for School, College and University Students
Zamil Industrial Investment Company (Zamil Industrial) pays great attention to serving the community in various ways, including the provision of specialized training opportunities for a large number of university, college and school students on annual basis. The Training Center's Manager, Dr. Mohamed Abdulla Sharif, announced that the training programs for this year have been organized into two main categories, namely those that are designed for the secondary schools students and others that are suitable for the college and university students from various regions of the Kingdom.
Dr. Sharif stated that this year the company has provided on-the-job training opportunities for 62 students from different colleges of technologies and universities. Training will be conducted at various departments of the company in Dammam, such as production, engineering, sales and marketing, information technology and finance at Zamil Steel and Zamil Air Conditioners, both Zamil Industrial companies. He stated that opportunities were given to students from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, King Saud University, King Faisal University, Price Mohamed bin Fahd University in Al Khobar, Jazan University, Al Baha University, Al Qassim University, Dammam College of Technology and Technical Trainers College in Riyadh.
He added that most of the training programs started on 25th June 2011, and the duration of the sessions varies from two months for the summer training students to seven months for the cooperative university students. Dr. Sharif emphasized that the students’ knowledge, skills and attitude are assessed continuously by the line-supervisors as well as the training center to ensure that their specialized technical as well as their common skills are gradually developed and any difficulties that they may come across are resolved before preparing and sending their final assessment results to the academic institutions. He concluded his statement by explaining that university students are given SR 2,000 per month stipend and college students are given SR 1,000 per month. They are responsible for the execution of real tasks during their training programs, to build motivation and provide sufficient incentives for active participation in and to ensure that they receive maximum benefit from all training activities.
With regard to the training of the secondary school students, Dr. Sharif explained that the Training Center has coordinated and collaborated with a National Institute to train 40 male and 20 female secondary school students during their summer holiday. He added that the company coordinated with the labor office in Dammam to nominate suitable students for the summer training program, in addition to offering training opportunities to a number of the children of company employees. Every effort was made to ensure that the students received maximum benefit from their training programs.
He emphasized that the summer training program for this category of students consists of an intensive English language communications skills module and an information technology module (including Microsoft Office applications), and those modules have been specifically selected to provide the best opportunity for students to develop the vital skills that will be needed for their future studies and careers. He indicated that the students are assessed during the training program and will be paid SR 1,000 at the completion of the program, at the end of August 2011, as an incentive and demonstration of appreciation for their efforts throughout the session.
Zamil Industrial Training Center Conducts a Wide Range of Employee Training and Development Programs
During the past six months, Zamil Industrial Investment Company (Zamil Industrial) Training Center has developed, facilitated and conducted a wide-range of employee training and development programs and courses. The Training Center is an integral part of the company’s annual plan to provide suitable training programs of the highest possible quality for its employees, aimed at the enhancement of skills and employee career advancement at various levels of responsibility.
Dr. Mohamed Abdulla Sharif, Zamil Industrial Training Center Manager, recently reported that a total of 70 newly-recruited Saudi employees of Zamil Steel Company have attended full-time, structured training programs for an eight month period. The programs were composed of a combination of theoretical and specialized practical training units, specifically selected for each trainee in order to develop job-related skills that are vital to job performance and career advancement. In addition, trainees took advantage of units designed to expand foundational skills, including: communication, application of technology, teamwork, problem-solving and coworker relations. Supporting studies in English language, technical drawing, work ethics, workshop calculation and occupational safety and health were also available.
The training programs provided for the newly recruited Saudi employees concentrated on welding and fabrication technology as well as machine operation technology. The company pays great attention to recruiting Saudi citizens for a variety of industrial positions and providing suitable training and development programs for them on a continuous basis. This investment in career training develops basic skills and advances competency levels, motivating employees to work more effectively, increasing the company’s productivity and contributing to the career advancement of each individual employee.
Zamil Industrial Training Center has conducted many brief courses for other categories of employees, including Microsoft Office Applications, English language, and Operation and Maintenance courses on Room and Central Air Conditioning Systems. The Training Center has also coordinated with a number of well-know international training providers and conducted many specialized courses for company supervisors and managers, such as Advanced Selling and Negotiation Skills, Advanced Presentation Skills, First Aid and Advanced Root Cause Failure Analysis.
In addition to the customized in-house courses, a number of senior employees were sponsored to attend specialized public courses such as Inventory Planning and Material Control, People Management, Finance for Non-Financial Professionals and Continuous Service Improvement. The total number of employees who have attended training courses and programs during the last six months was 367, with 192 of these classified as Saudi citizens. The Training Center has also arranged orientation programs for a total of 22 professional employees including engineers, supervisors and managers.