Technical and Vocational Training Corporation is a Saudi agency that offers technical and vocational training programmes for both genders on quantitative and qualitative labour market needs.
Since 1980, it has been the Saudi Arabian government’s technical and vocational training organisation.
In addition to training programmes at private training facilities, the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation offers several training programmes in its training facilities, including technical colleges and institutes, as well as strategic company institutes and international technical colleges.
Technical and Vocational Training Corporation introduces community-based assistance programmes that are adaptable. The Technical and Vocational Training Corporation has 260 facilities in Saudi Arabia, which are spread around the country.
Multiple causes influenced the course of the educational revolution in general and technical and vocational education in particular.
Teachers were despatched from Istanbul to an industrial school in Makkah Al-Mukarramah in 1908. The Rashidiya School, which was built between 1881 and 1883, was one of the most prominent public institutions that combined general and technical education during the period of Saudi Arabia’s unification.
Measurement, complex numbers, and fractions, as well as calligraphy, were taught there.
In the year, King Abdul Aziz began the process of establishing an industrial school in Jeddah.
The duration of study there is three years after primary school, followed by a five-year system following primary school, known as industrial secondary, and then a four-year system after primary school, known as middle schools. The College of Industries, the Kingdom’s first industrial secondary school, was founded in 1381.
The institution’s foundation and growth
Technical and vocational training in Saudi Arabia dates back to the early 1990s when it was allocated among three government agencies: the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Labor, and the Ministry of Industry.
Because of the state’s interest in preparing workers in technical and vocational domains, the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs was followed by vocational training (vocational training centres), and the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs was followed by technical assistance institutions.
In response to the growing need to qualify Saudi youth in technical and professional fields, it was decided that all fields of technical and vocational training should be under one umbrella, so Royal Decree No. (30) and dated was issued to establish the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation, which included technical institutes and vocational training centres.
As a result, the Foundation began to carry out its ongoing tasks of establishing programmes and people resources, to meet the country’s business sector’s needs. As a result, a critical demand for highly skilled national cadres capable of advancing the country’s ambitious development ambitions has evolved.
This need culminated in the issuance of Royal Decree No. (7/H/5267) supporting the decision of the Higher Committee for Education Policy No. (209) which includes the need to pay attention to technical education at the level of technical colleges.
To provide additional avenues for higher education in a subject where the country is desperately lacking. The high order also said that the institution should be in charge of expanding this pattern.
Many advantages have resulted as a result of this, including the following:
The technical colleges preserve their function and particular mission of preparing for the labour market and paying attention to its requirements due to the absence of domination of the academic curriculum.
Implementation of three professional levels of training programmes in the institution: vocational and industrial training (levels two and three), and technical training (level four).
These levels reflect the institution’s outputs with a variety of credentials, and the specialities at these levels are linked by links that considerably assist in profiting from the institution’s outputs. There are numerous capabilities available.
The gap between training programmes and the nature of the job market does not close, and the interaction between technical colleges and the labour market does not improve.
Unifying training programme curricula, certification levels, and prerequisites depending on unified foundations, and coordinating based on professional standards produced by labour market experts.
“The Foundation will enhance the Technical College in Riyadh and prolong the study term there to four years to award a bachelor’s degree in technical engineering,” according to the bachelor’s programme No. (1194).
Due to the business sector’s requirement for high qualifications to enhance leadership capacities in technical and professional disciplines, the Corporation increased its Applied Technical Bachelor’s Program in training plans.
The Foundation has established a Center for Community Service and Continuous Training, whose mission is to use the institution’s material and human resources to meet the needs of various work sectors, this was for better investment of technical and human resources and the linking of educational and training units to those sectors.
In Riyadh, the Institute for Training and the Media Center was founded, and it quickly became one of the most important training and development institutions in the field of preparing technical trainers it was established to satisfy the needs of vocational training facilities across all disciplines. There are two sorts of programmes available: preparation and development.
With the construction of technical colleges, the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation has established a gradual system for preparing a technically trained workforce at various levels to satisfy the needs of the local market for skilled technical and professional manpower at various levels.
Cabinet Resolution No. (3108) was issued to link the vocational training sector for girls to the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation, completing the notion of uniting the disciplines of technical and vocational training under one umbrella.
A decision was also made to build technical institutions for women, with a focus on vocational training programmes for women and the ability to find acceptable employment following graduation.
The institution has been reformed per governmental directives, as evidenced by Royal Decree No. (268).
Continuing to focus on skills and operational efficiency, the Corporation continues to establish training programmes.
Thus it captivated the best international skills in the area of technical training to run international institutes of strategic partnerships, as well as build the capacities of established colleges to improve training quality and make the best use of human and financial resources available to contribute to providing distinguished quality training.
The mission, vision, and goals
The General Plan for Training at the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation was approved by Cabinet Resolution No. 158 dated 6/12/1429 AH, which comprised the following:
Technical and Vocational Training Corporation Vision
Active engagement in economic, social, and environmental growth through offering high-quality technical and vocational training for the country’s sons and daughters, as well as gaining worldwide leadership that ensures independence and self-sufficiency.
The Technical and Vocational Training Corporation tries to convey the following message:
Creating, delivering, and licencing technical and vocational training programmes following the quantitative and qualitative labour market demand for males and females, as well as the enactment and oversight of organisations concerned with their quality and adequacy.
Raising community awareness of the need for technical and vocational education, as well as offering training opportunities for capable males and females of all ages.
Performing essential research and projects to keep up with technical developments and worldwide trends in technical and vocational education.
Engage in government programmes that encourage technology transfer and localization, promote the private sector, and encourage it to invest in technical and vocational education.
Technical and Vocational Training Corporation Strategic Objectives
Providing technical and vocational training to the greatest number of people possible; assisting in the attainment of long-term development.
Qualifying and developing national human cadres in technical and professional domains under labour market needs, both quantitative and qualitative.
Providing high-quality and sufficient training programmes that prepare trainees for employment in the free market.
Based on research and case studies, the ability to adapt and deal well with challenges and changes.
Developing strategic connections with the private sector; putting professional technical programmes in place.
Increasing community awareness of the necessity of working in technical and professional domains, as well as establishing a conducive environment for lifelong learning.
In the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation, creating a safe and dynamic environment for work and training is a priority.
Encouragement of technical, vocational, and private training investments, as well as national training.
Expansion of advanced training disciplines in support of national initiatives, as well as participation in technology transfer and development programmes.
The Technical and Vocational Training Corporation has established a variety of goals to be met, including the following:
Providing individuals with Islamic and general culture contributes to the development of high morals, strong faith, and the ability to comprehend and think, as well as the ability to adapt to various settings.
Securing a comprehensive scientific foundation for technical employees to make it easier for individuals to respond to rapid technological and technical advances.
The open training ladder is a way of making it possible for everyone who wants to study a vocation or continue their education to the best of their mental and physical ability.
Develop technicians’ abilities and keep their professional information up to date.
Emphasizing the value of manual and professional work, as well as their contribution to society’s prosperity.
Contribute to the reduction of internal migration to large cities by establishing vocational training facilities around the Kingdom.
Technical and Vocational Training Corporation Execution Plan for the Goals
Developing Saudi citizens to perform professional, craft, and technical labour in a variety of areas (industrial, agricultural, commercial, and public services), whether as self-employed individuals or as government and public sector employees.
The Technical and Vocational Training Corporation also provides training at colleges, institutes, and centres, as well as continuing to raise the level of technicians and professionals on the job, whether inside or outside the Kingdom, to equip them with advanced knowledge in the field of science and technology.
Attempting to guide and train the illiterate and young people who did not continue their academic education in specific morning and evening programmes, according to age, aptitude, and tendencies, to continue their education or do an artistic activity.
Educators and trainers in Saudi Arabia’s technical cadres are being prepared.
Investing in the development of the skill structure to expand the Kingdom’s technical work base.
In collaboration with human rehabilitation organisations and the Ministerial Committee for Manpower, developing an educational system with a consistent scale to support technical employment.
Technical and Vocational Training Corporation aims to promote career counselling operations by boosting technical and professional awareness among concerned agencies, resulting in a higher return on the institution’s services in terms of technology and training, to accomplish the intended outcomes.
Paying attention to research and studies to address technical employment issues in light of labour market demands.
Units of training within the institution
The Technical and Vocational Training Corporation now has 260 institutions in Saudi Arabia, spanning the entire country. The following are the various facilities available:
International colleges of technology.
Strategic Partnerships Institutes.
Industrial institutes and secondary institutes of architecture and construction.
Vocational training institutes in prisons.
The Foundation also licenses and supervises private training facilities, which number up to 1011 private training facilities.