MEED conference told Saudi construction labour initiative to be launched

The Saudi Talent Conference organised in association with the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) was told this morning that a construction sector council is to be launched to promote the employment of Saudi Arabians in the industry.

This will the second sector council following the creation of a national tourism sector council. Councils are also planned for retail, healthcare and …

“We are working with sectors and this means we deep dive into them to try to understand the challenges and what things we can do together,” HRDF deputy director general Ahmed Al Zahrani said. “Government can’t do this alone. We can’t succeed unless we work with the sectors.”

The sector councils engage the Ministry of Labour, the HRDF, the Technical & Vocational Training Council (TVTC), the General Organisaition for Social Insurance (GOSI) and other government bodies plus representatives of the private sector.

“The council provides a platform for exchange of information and joint decision making to deliver full ownership of programmes,” Al Zahrani said.

Al Zahrani said that a survey of employers in the construction sector is about to be undertaken to identify challenges to increasing the employment of Saudi Arabians in the construction sector.

Construction is the largest employer in Saudi Arabia with more than 4 million people working in the sector. More than 80 per cent of them are non-Saudi Arabians.

The Saudi Talent in Construction conference is organised by MEED in association with the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF). The knowledge partner is EY. AYTB is bronze sponsor. Associate sponsor is Soundlines Group. Effat University is exhibitor. The media partners are Eye of Riyadh, the business year, Sky News Arabia, The Talent Enterprise and bayt.