Saudi Arabia’s The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) which is developing the kingdom’s 28,000km2 The Red Sea Project, has employed 45 Saudi nationals from Umluj and Al Wajh at its 100ha nursery.
The individuals were appointed following completion of an intensive training programme in landscaping that was organised in collaboration with Sakan, an NGO, the Umluj Municipality, and the University of Tabuk.
In November 2019, TRSDC had signed a series of agreements, including the Sakan Programme, to increase employment opportunities for people living around the destination of the project.
Speaking about the new hires, CEO of TRSDC, John Pagano, said: “This initiative is part of TRSDC’s commitment to provide opportunities for those living in close proximity to our destination, to ensure that these communities are among the first to benefit from the development.”
He added: “It is exciting to see our new employees graduate with the skills they need to increase their income and build career paths within The Red Sea Project.”
The 45 employees will begin their work at TRSDC’s nursery, which will provide 15,000 plants required to landscape The Red Sea Project, following a graduation ceremony at the Umluj campus of the University of Tabuk.
As part of the programme, each trainee received theoretical and on-site training at Umluj Municipality’s nursery, with groundsmen having completed a six-week course and five supervisors underwent a nine-week course for a total of 216 training hours.
Additional theoretical training comprising 144 hours were also provided to the trainees, as part of which they completed a conversational English course including terms, and phrases associated with agriculture, plant nursing, and irrigation.
In April 2019, TRSDC awarded a contract to build the nursery through a joint-venture between Saudi Arabia’s Nesma Trading Company and the UAE-based Professional Landscape Company to build the 100 hectare nursery.