In a cohesive drive to get Saudi youth into employment, Bab Rizq Jameel (BRJ), an initiative of Abdul Latif Jameel Community Services Programs (ALJCSP) has created 21,475 jobs since January 2010. The programme has an ambitious target of creating 46,000 jobs in Saudi Arabia by the end of the year – bringing the total number of jobs created to 151,600 since the inception of the programs, according to Abdulrahman Abdulaziz Al-Fihaid, Executive Director of BRJ.
Mr Al Fihaid, who leads a 400 strong team of “job creation officers” praised key partners who made the initiative such a success – including the Human Resources Development Fund, the Saudi Credit and Saving Bank, the Saudi Authorities and Labor Office branches throughout Saudi Arabia, and of course his own team.
1,771 of the 21,475 jobs were created under the BRJ’s “training ending with employment program” which focused on vocational courses, culminating in private sector jobs in Riyadh, Jeddah and the rest of Saudi Arabia.
Amongst the graduates of this initiative were Mohammed Suwaidan, now a well paid employee at Hussein Hashim Al-Attas (Laylaty) and Aziza Mohammed Boqursain a recent addition to the staff at French Company, Fredrick M, both of whom cite the invaluable training as key to their successes in their respective organisations.
A further 3,293 jobs were created under BRJ’s “direct employment program.” The Kingdom also saw the emergence of 3.167 startup businesses as a direct result of a “small projects finance program.”Andrew Reid, Staff Writer, Gulf Jobs Market News