The National Information Technology (NIT) Academy and global technology company SAP have joined hands to develop Saudi talent for the workforce of the future, supporting Saudi Vision 2030 and the Kingdom’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector.
In this partnership, the NIT, a not-for-profit training institute, has joined SAP’s flagship digital skill build initiative, the Young Professional Program, as part of its aim to provide Saudi nationals with advanced and accelerated training programs to develop a “job-ready” talent pool.
“Our strategic partnership with SAP through its Young Professional Program is supporting digital skills development, and bridging the gap between supply and demand of information and communication technology talent by increasing job opportunities through training on the latest technologies for Saudi nationals,” said Majed Al-Ghassab, NIT Executive Director. “Through this initiative, Saudi talent will be empowered to meet the requirements of the current and future job market.”
Four founding stakeholders established the NIT: Saudi Aramco, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC), and Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC).
Building on the success of the Young Professional Program in Saudi Arabia since its launch in late 2012, NIT is joining forces on the upcoming edition of the program in the Kingdom.
Majed Al-Ghassab, NIT Executive Director
“The collaboration with SAP is fundamental to improving training outcomes since SAP is the market leader in enterprise application software,” added Majed Al-Ghassab. “The National IT Academy was designed to be the leading training academy for ICT disciplines, providing demand-based pieces of training that bridge the skills gap between academia and the industry by supplying a highly motivated, skilled and job-ready Saudi workforce.”
Young Professional Program Teaches Technical, Soft, and Future Skills
The Young Professional Program is a three-month training and development opportunity for unemployed or underemployed local university graduates that teaches technical and functional knowledge of the latest technologies, along with soft and future skills.
Participants graduate as SAP Certified Associate Consultants with globally recognized certifications, ready to kick-start their careers within the company’s ecosystem of customers and partners.
With 77 per cent of the world’s transaction revenue touching an SAP system, the program helps its participants to gain a competitive edge in the job market, and at the same time, it supports organizations to find sought after skilled talents to satisfy their hiring demand.
The upcoming program will be the first of its kind in the Kingdom, including training and certification in data science, along with analytics cloud and predictive analytics.