Saudi Arabia adds 120 new professions to the “Professional Examination” initiative,...

Saudi Arabia adds 120 new professions to the “Professional Examination” initiative,...
Saudi Arabia adds 120 new professions to the “Professional Examination” initiative,...
The Minister of Manpower, Muhammad Saafan, received a report from the Ministry’s Labor Representation Office at the Egyptian Consulate General in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as part of its follow-up to the conditions of Egyptian workers in the countries of work through the operations room established in labor representation offices abroad to respond to any inquiries, and provide support and assistance to them at any time. .

Haitham Saad Al-Din, the official spokesman and media advisor to the Ministry of Manpower, explained that the report received by the minister from the Labor Representation Office in Riyadh states that the Saudi Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development added 6 new specializations, under which 120 professions fall within the framework of the vocational examination initiative to verify that its workers possess the skills The necessary, in order to be added to the specializations announced by the program previously, its employees must obtain professional licenses from (vocational examination) centers inside the Kingdom.

Labor Attaché Karim Abu Al-Saud, acting head of the labor representation office in Riyadh, said: The six new specializations within the program are in the following disciplines: air conditioning, welding, building carpentry, car mechanics, car electricity, and painting, bringing the total number of professions launched so far. To 225 specialized craft professions out of 1099 specialized craft professions, falling under 8 specializations out of 23 specializations.

The workers’ attaché clarified that the new specializations were obligated as of this September, while the registration of all professions is scheduled to be completed by the beginning of 2022.

The vocational examination program works to ensure that the worker possesses the necessary skills by performing practical and theoretical tests in his field of specialization. Currently in the Kingdom, in cooperation with local examination centers.

Regarding the obligating plan, the labor attaché noted that it entered into force at the beginning of last July, from giant facilities, which have 3,000 or more workers, while it began this September for large facilities, which employ from 500 to 2999 workers, and then medium facilities. Which includes between 50 to 499 workers, in the month of next October, then small enterprises category (A), which employs from 6 to 49 workers, in the month of November, and finally small enterprises category (B), which employs from one to five workers workers, at the beginning of January next year.

He indicated that establishments can take advantage of the program and enter the electronic platform and complete the process of booking the test for employment, and then the worker will be able to take the test at the specified center.

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