By the sponsorship of HRH Prince Saud bin Naif, Governor of the Eastern Province, the graduation ceremony of the first batch of the “Training that Ends with Employment” program at the OxfordSaudia Flight Academy, which numbered 35 graduates for various licenses.
His Highness the Prince of the Eastern Province appreciated the efforts of the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques HRH King Salman bin Abdulaziz, and the care of HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, to develop the Saudi human resources and empower it to contribute to building and developing the nation.
His Highness said, “We are all proud of the excellence of our sons and daughters in all fields. There is no doubt that the field of air transport is one of the most important fields that the leadership is keen to develop and invest in, by training the nation’s youths and qualifying them to be able and qualified to enter this promising market” especially the pilot profession, which The labor market in the Kingdom is still in need of localization in light of the significant expansion of the transportation system in accordance with the national strategy for transport and logistics services, and in light of the expansion in the airports, the increased demand for air transport, and the establishment of modern airlines in the Kingdom.
The growth of aviation was a catalyst for OxfordSaudia.
The Board Chairman of OxfordSaudia Flight Academy, Colonel Othman Al-Mutairi, delivered a speech in which he expressed his thanks and appreciation to HRH, for his sponsorship of the students’ graduation ceremony, and his constant encouragement and support for them to become a productive member of society. Which led to a positive impact on the academy’s achievements and scientific outputs.
The Chairman stated that the rapid growth in the aviation sector was an essential motivator for the Academy to contribute to achieving the goals of the civil aviation sector emanating from the “National Civil Aviation Strategy” and the “National Transport and Logistics Services Strategy,” by working diligently to localize pilot professions; To meet the urgent market need, and raise the number of people joining this profession, including sons and daughters of the nation, pointing out the Academy’s keen on the quality of its outputs through advanced scientific curricula in partnership with Oxford Flight Academy, which demonstrate a collective experience of over 70 years in the aviation training industry.
Al-Mutairi explained that the Training Leading into Employment Program, which the academy provides to its students in partnership with Oxford International, with the support of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development, enables graduates to obtain hundreds of job opportunities as flight instructors in one of the academy’s branches around the world, including the Dammam branch, stressing that the academy qualifies Its graduates enter the job market with the experience and flight hours required, at the hands of the academy’s experienced trainers who work according to Oxford standards and curricula for qualifying professional pilots in this field, and in accordance with the regulations and laws of the Saudi Civil Aviation Authority.
The Chairman of the Board of Directors thanked the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development and its branch in the region for the facilities they provided to support both the nationalization and the students in obtaining work contracts, he also thanked the Civil Aviation Authority for overcoming all difficulties, and all concerned parties in the region.
The academy’s air fleet is the largest in the Middle East
After that, pilot Abdulaziz Al-Muhaimid gave the graduates’ speech, in which he expressed the graduates’ joy on their graduation day, which came as a culmination of years of hard work, diligence, struggle, and hard work in the pursuit of advancement and knowledge, especially in aviation training, aspiring to serve the religion, the king, and the nation, and to pass towards a bright and prosperous future in the aviation industry, to achieve the aspirations of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 in the aviation sector.
Pilot Abdulaziz Al-Muhammed delivers the graduates’ speech.
For his part, the Director of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development in the Eastern Region branch, Abdul Rahman bin Fahd Al-Muqbel, extended his thanks and appreciation to His Royal Highness Prince Saud bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz, Prince of the Eastern Region, for his continuous and unlimited support for the educational process in the region, and for his care and participation of the graduate pilots in their joy.
Al-Muqbel Emphasized the contribution of the Academy’s Training Leading into Employment Program, in raising the level of participation of the nation’s young men and women in the job market and raising nationalization rates in the aviation sector in a way that ensures that young competencies are empowered with job opportunities as aviation instructors, he also emphasized on the importance of the program, which is to meet the government’s aspirations and the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, in order to create the future with conscious professional minds in the aviation sector, and that the program is based on linking the training outcomes to the educational, professional, developmental and economic needs of the community.
Al-Muqbil explained that the Ministry is keen on nationalizing the Profession and empowering the citizens by providing a package of incentives and support to private sector establishments in employing Saudis, and to benefit from all available nationalization support programs and support and employment programs through the Goal Fund, as the decision to nationalize licensed aviation professions aims to Provide more than 4,000 job opportunities in various specializations of the sector, and it comes in two stages, as the first stage began on March 15, 2023, with the nationalization of the professions of air traffic controller, air dispatcher, ground movement coordinator, and co-pilot, by 100%, and the profession of fixed-wing pilot. By 60%, and the profession of flight attendant by 50%. The second phase will begin on March 4, 2024, with the nationalization of the profession of fixed-wing pilot by 70%, and the profession of flight attendant by 60%.
The ceremony included a visual presentation about the academic journey of the graduates at the academy, and then concluded with taking group memorial photos.
All graduates of the batch who hold a commercial license also begin their job as pilot instructors at the academy. They have also begun training for a CFI license, a “flight instructor license,” with costs fully covered, as part of their contractual plan with OxfordSaudia Flight Academy for the “Flight Training Leading into Employment” program.
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