GE reaches out to young Saudi talent with GE Day at King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals
- Saudi Arabia: Wednesday, November 14 - 2012 at 12:41
- PRESS RELEASE
GE has underlined its commitment to promote human capacity building and skills transfer in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by hosting a special 'GE Day' at the King Fahad University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM).
Hisham Al-Bahkali, GE's President & CEO for Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, said: "We thank the management of the King Fahad University of Petroleum & Minerals for hosting and supporting the event. GE Day generated good feedback from the students and faculty, and also facilitated strong interaction with the talented student community at KFUPM. The goal of the event was to strengthen linkages with the student community and to share new information and experience about various career choices at GE, providing them the opportunity to be part of one of the Kingdom's and the world's leading organizations."
Ranked among the world's top 25 most inventive companies by 'Business Week,' and in the top 50 most innovative companies ranking by 'Fast Company,' GE is an equal opportunity company. Regarded as an 'employer of choice' in the Middle East, GE is committed to localization and undertakes extensive training programs for the professional development of its employees.
At GE Day, Al-Bahkali provided the participants with an introduction and brief of GE in Saudi Arabia, taking them through the 80-year heritage of the company in the Kingdom and its extensive partnerships in the energy, oil & gas, aviation and healthcare sectors. This was followed by a presentation on Leadership by Dr Azeez Mohammed, General Manager, Power Generation Services - GE Power & Water Middle East & Africa.
Other discussions at GE Day included: Field Engineer Seminar (by David Talmage, Service Product line Manager, GE Power & Water - Middle East & Africa); Lean 6 Sigma Seminar (Taher Abujoudeh, Master Black Belt, GE Power & Water - Middle East & Africa); Sales & Commercial Seminar (Raafat Sindi, Sales Executive Turbo Machinery, GE Oil & Gas - Saudi Arabia & North Gulf); GE Leadership Programs (Joe Chalouhi, Organizational & Talent Development Leader - GE Global Operations - Middle East, North Africa & Turkey); and World of Finance (Khozema Shipchandler, Chief Financial Officer, GE Global Operations - Middle East, North Africa & Turkey). The interactive session concluded with awards presented to several students.
Recently, GE established a Technical Academy in partnership with Technical & Vocational Training Corporation to grow the Saudi technical talent pool. GE also has a robust Saudization plan backed by comprehensive training programs for young nationals.
Central to GE's approach for the Kingdom is a commitment to empower the national workforce. This includes focused training programmes for professionals, having already trained over 3,000 Saudi professionals in the healthcare, energy and aviation sectors, as well as fostering knowledge transfer, building R&D capabilities and promoting innovation.
GE is offering a range of career options in the Kingdom including as Field engineers, Commercial & Business Development roles, sales managers, Strategic account managers, financial planning roles, Finance controllers, administration, HR specialists, clinical education and HC consultants, and more.
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