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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.