during which he observed the training programs provided by ITC; being one of the
most profound and prominent private institutes in the Kingdom availing training
services of the utmost quality and caliber, while utilizing the most up-to-date
technologies. Mr. Anderson stated that his visit comes in light of the discussions
underway for the prospective new system that is expected to become operative in
the near future. He reiterated that his meetings with various officials in the training
sector have proven beneficial, insofar as identifying main problems and obstacles
facing the recruitment of Saudi youth, in addition to the hindrances confronting
private sector companies in finding qualified and competent recruits.
According to Mr. Anderson, his last visit to the Kingdom during the previous October,
constituted a valuable opportunity for viewing the performance of training centers
and companies in the country. He also criticized some institutes for not prioritizing
the many fields of technical and vocational training, together with the negligence of
applying advanced, required and appropriate training methods.
He emphasized the need for compliance to quality standards, as opposed to the
sole focus on growth, which does not serve these companies favorably in the long
run, insisting that numerous companies enjoy both steady growth as well as paying
heed to quality training as it should be done.
Mr. Anderson stipulated that “Hafiz” program created a notion of apathy and
sluggishness among some Saudi youth, insofar as inhibiting their search for
Moreover, he warned from the dire consequences of this culture in the long term,
especially so since it does not serve the job market or the objectives of the program