Governor of the General Organization for Technical Education and Vocational Training (GOTEVOT) Dr. Ali bin Nasser Al-Ghafees has announced the Kingdom’s plans to set up within the next five years 17 technical colleges specifically for women and offering courses required by the job market. Dr. Al-Ghafees was speaking at a press conference following the signing of contracts worth SR 6 billion [U.S. $1.6 billion] for the construction of a total of 163 technical institutes and colleges. He also announced that the responsibility for training women is being devolved to GOTEVOT at the recommendation of the Consultative Council (Majlis Al-Shura).
The move to set up girls’ technical colleges is in line with government strategies to broaden women’s participation in the work force from the traditional sectors of health and education. Labor Minister Ghazi Al-Qusaibi recently announced that his ministry was opening up women’s departments, and that a nationwide campaign will be held for female jobseekers.