Dr Ahmed Al Fuhaid, Governor of the Technical Vocational Training Corporation (TBTC) and Dr Fahd Al Tuwaijari, CEO Colleges of Excellence gave an update on the ambitious International Technical Colleges (ITC) programme in Saudi Arabia in London on 22 January.
Of the 31 technical colleges so far established (17 female and 14 male), 50% of these are managed by UK training providers under turnkey contracts. 18% of high school graduates (approx 170,000) are currently in technical training, and the objective is to raise this to 40%. 10 new strategic training partnerships are being established, and requests for proposals for nine new ITCs are expected to be invited shortly. Total investment over 5 years is expected to reach $4.2 billion.