In July 2018, Bechtel launched a pioneering women’s empowerment programme in Saudi Arabia. Working with Al Khaleej Training and Education organisation, the programme aims to increase women’s participation in the country’s workforce through training and job placement of women with undergraduate degrees. The programme supports the country’s Vision 2030 goal to increase women’s participation in the workforce to 30%. This is not Bechtel’s first workforce enhancement programme in the kingdom. In 2017, the company began a partnership with Riyadh College of Technology to train and hire up to 75 students upon graduation. The women’s empowerment programme includes training courses in English language, information technology, and computer skills. Bechtel has worked in Saudi Arabia for 75 years developing landmark projects that have transformed the country. Major industrial and energy projects include development and expansion of Jubail and Ras Al Khair industrial cities working with the Royal Commission of Jubail and Yanbu, and overseeing a major phosphate complex and industrial city for Ma’aden. Bechtel is currently providing programme management services at Jubail Industrial City.
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