The first of its kind in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) to train and employ young Saudi women exclusively on reverse osmosis in water desalination plant.
Engie, the global low-carbon energy company, and the Higher Institute for Water and Power Technologies (HIWPT) have partnered to introduce a training program in the field of reverse osmosis desalination, exclusively for Saudi women.
Mr. Turki Alshehri, Engie’s CEO in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Engr. Tariq AlShamrani, Executive Managing Director at HIWPT, officially launched the program in a signing ceremony organized in Riyadh on November 17, 2022, in the presence of Saudi Water Partnership Company CEO, Mr. Khalid Al Qureshi, HIWPT Chairman, Mr. Thamer AlSharhan, and other invited guests.
According to the agreement, the program takes two years, and 15 Saudi trainees will receive practical and theoretical training in the fields of water desalination, power generation, operations, and maintenance.
After the completion of the training phase, the trainees will be appointed to a full-time technical position to operate the Yanbu 4 and Jubail 3B desalination plants with reverse osmosis technology of the Saudi Engie Company.
Meanwhile, the following leaders who were present at the ceremony shared their notable messages.
Chief Executive Officer, SWPC
“As part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 to build a bright, vibrant, and thriving economy, it is essential that our nation’s youth are provided with the right education, training, and opportunities to unlock their talent.”
“Female empowerment is instrumental to realizing our nation’s ambitions, and we are delighted to launch together with ENGIE a unique program targeted at fresh Saudi women graduates, which will equip them with the skills required for a career in the desalination industry.”
Chief Executive Officer, ENGIE KSA
“We are delighted to be launching the first program which targets females exclusively, in the Kingdom with HIWPT. The program further reinforces our commitment to achieving gender equality, supporting women in STEM careers, and ensuring knowledge transfer to the local population.”
The program is part of ENGIE’s broader commitment to achieving greater gender diversity across its organization and industrial and technological companies. It is also a female employment-based training initiative of HIWPT that complements Saudi Vision 2030 to empower young women through technical and vocational skills.
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