Delivering impressive numbers
Saudi Aramco has a number of high school programs that invest in young Saudi students, designed to support academic development and spark analytical thinking, particularly in the field of STEM. And with a large percentage of the workforce under 35 years old, the investment in developing young talent continues. Programs such as the Young Leaders Advisory Board (YLAB) empowers a younger generation to make a difference, advising Saudi Aramco on strategy, innovation, people and policies, and training and development.
Of Saudi Aramco’s workforce, 70% operates or works within oil and gas facilities. To accommodate this, the company’s flagship education initiative consists of six vocational training centers in locations across the country, including Riyadh, Jiddah, and the Eastern Province. With company work roles ranging from exploration and operations to product delivery, the skills required are as wide-ranging as Saudi Aramco’s expansive oil and gas fields.
Over 20 years, the company’s Industrial Training Centers have cumulatively graduated over 44,000 apprentices. In addition, nearly 162,000 people have received industrial certification since 1997.
During 2019, Saudi Aramco suppliers increased their Saudi workforce to 51.4%. In partnership with the Kingdom’s Technical and Vocational Training Corporation, the company supported the establishment of 19 specialized centers. These provide training in more than 35 disciplines, which include drilling, oil and gas operations, power systems, maintenance, construction, inspection and maritime. More than 23,000 Saudis have graduated from these academies.