Saudi Rail Sector to Benefit from 3,000 New Trainees.

Saudi Railway Polytechnic and TQ Pearson Launch Kingdom’s First Rail Training College
Buraydah, Saudi Arabia, 29th June, 2014: To meet Saudi Arabia’s increasing demand for highly trained, well qualified workers, international education provider, TQ Pearson has opened a brand new College in Buraydah, Al Qassim Province. The Saudi Railway Polytechnic (SRP) will give young Saudi men world class technical training, as well as English language skills, to help them become the country’s rail technicians of the future.

The SRP is the first ever railway polytechnic to be opened in Saudi Arabia. Working in partnership with the Saudi Railways Company (SAR), the College will be operated by TQ Pearson, a company which also administers several of the Kingdom’s Colleges of Excellence. SRP will be able to accommodate up to 3,000 students, between the ages of 19 and 23, at any one time. Students of the College, which are drawn from all over the country, will undergo a rigorous application process. The intensive selection procedure includes a two week period of interviews and placement assessment, ensuring the most suitable students are selected for enrolment.

Training at SRP will take three years to complete, covering general employability skills such as English language, as well as technical competencies in rail sector disciplines including rolling stock, railway infrastructure, signalling, telecommunications and railway operations. On the job training is given priority throughout the programme, helping to make SRP graduates ready to quickly contribute to their new workplaces upon graduation. The College will work closely with employers from the railway industry throughout Saudi Arabia to help graduates of SRP find secure and meaningful employment.
EngrAbdulaziz Al SogairSRP Director says:
“The railway industry is one of Saudi Arabia’s most important industries. With so many businesses and individuals relying on the rail network, it has paramount importance for commerce, trade, government and personal activities. It is at the heart of the country’s economy, with many of our most profitable sectors relying on railways for transport. As such a large industry, railway employers are consistently seeking new recruits who have excellent technical knowledge, and strong transferable skills.Therefore, young people who have certified and recognised qualifications in this field will have good future work prospects available to them, and the opportunity to have a well-renumerated career in the Saudi Railways Company (SAR). SAR in partnership with TVTC provide a level of education that will ensure the very best trained and qualified technicians are in place to support the future rail industry of Saudi Arabia.”
The first cohort of students began at the College in April this year. This initial group of 60 students has been undertaking a pre-foundation English course in preparation for the foundation English course due to begin this September. It is expected that this cohort of students will be ready to embark on an intermediate to advanced English language course by September 2015.
So far, this first cohort has achieved great success, with 100 per cent attendance rates to date and high levels of educational attainment.
The emphasis on English language and employability skills will make SRP students highly sort after in the Kingdom’s competitive job market. Dominik Wellmann, who headed up the TQ Pearson team responsible for launching the programme says:
“Through a world-class faculty and quality educational resources, SRP will deliver technical and vocational skills specifically relevant to the rail industry. But the strength of SRP qualifications also lie in the emphasis SRP places on work readiness skills, such as English language. Regardless of the industry or sector, English language skills are a necessary part of survival in today’s business world. Those students who have strong English capabilities are more likely to gain rewarding employment, and more likely to progress through their careers at a faster rate. English language, like other 21st Century skills such as communication, team work and leadership, are becoming increasingly important in setting a candidate apart in a tight labour market. By equipping our students with these skills, we hope that they can achieve sustainable and rewarding employment in Saudi Arabia’s rail industry”.
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Pearson – SOCPA Partnership Brings New Learning Opportunities to Saudi Accountants.

The Saudi Organization for Certified Public Accountants (SOCPA) and World’s Largest Learning Company, Pearson, offer new Arabic learning materials to the Kingdom’s accountancy students.
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2 June 2014: Saudi Arabia’s accountancy industry has become increasingly sophisticated over recent years, expanding the demand for high-quality professional education materials. To meet this rise in demand, the Kingdom’s industry group for accountants, SOCPA has collaborated with Pearson to translate textbooks from English to Arabic. The new texts will cover both intermediate and advanced levels of Financial Accounting and Auditing, and can be utilised by both university students and practicing professionals in Saudi Arabia, and across the Arab world.

The agreement governing the new relationship between the parties has been signed in Riyadh by Dr Ahmed bin Abdullah Al-Moghames, Secretary General of SOCPA, and Mohammed Asiri, who heads Pearson’s operations in Saudi Arabia.
The establishment of SOCPA, and introduction of new accounting and auditing standards in the Kingdom has led to an increased number of accountants in the country looking to improve their qualification level and meet ongoing professional development requirements. Mr Asiri says that the translation of the popular texts will make it easier for accountants to undertake professional learning, and keep abreast of the rapid changes affecting the Kingdom’s accountancy sector:
“SOCPA has undertaken remarkable efforts to ensure the very best in international courses are available in accountancy departments throughout Saudi Arabia. This, in conjunction with the Arabic adaption of these popular and widely used texts will enable learners at either university or professional level adapt more easily to the developments currently affecting the profession. These texts are useful in helping learners better understand international accountancy practices and standards, and have been chosen on the advice of leading accountancy and education experts”.
Mr Asiri says that it is critical that learners have access to texts that will support them in understanding national and international requirements, given the importance of a strong accountancy profession to the country’s overall financial and economic performance.
“Clear and reliable accountancy standards have many benefits, not just for the accountancy profession, but for a country’s economy as a whole. There are links between the quality of accountancy standards and a country’s ability to achieve positive economic transformations. Strong and dependable accountancy practices in Saudi Arabia could help to attract increased levels of Foreign Direct Investment and help further diversify the country’s economy, making Saudi Arabia even more competitive in the global market place.
“Pearson has committed to making such resources widely available. Not only have we adapted the aforementioned texts, we have also released a series of university level texts especially created for this region, known as the Arab World Editions. This series includes titles that the cover finance and accounting disciplines, and include examples, case studies and language that are specifically relevant to the Gulf region. By developing contextualised resources like this we are aiming to make education more engaging for Arab learners, and improve learning outcomes, not only in accounting and finance disciplines, but across a whole spectrum of subjects offered throughout Arab world”.
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