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BAE Systems hosts Emerging Leaders Programme in Saudi Arabia

ELP participants at the mud house in Riyadh
BAE Systems Saudi Arabia recently hosted the Emerging Leaders Programme (ELP) in Riyadh.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: As part of the various programmes BAE Systems provides to train its staff and develop their abilities, BAE Systems Saudi Arabia recently hosted the Emerging Leaders Programme (ELP) in Riyadh.

The ELP is one of the development and training programmes provided by the Company to its employees globally for the purpose of developing competencies so that delegates are better prepared to assume senior management positions in the Company.The programme is designed to accelerate the development of individuals perceived to have the potential to achieve a senior or functional role within the Company. In 2012 there will be three modules during the course of the year, held in different home markets: Saudi Arabia, the US and the UK.

Abdullah Al-Jumaah, Training Services and Support Manager said: "Delegates will be able to develop their leadership skills and enhance their understanding of the company's strategy and also develop their personal skills."

"It gives candidates an opportunity to meet with colleagues from different business units around the world as well as hear from senior leaders so they can benefit from their expertise, experience and establish connection with them. To host the first module in Saudi Arabia was quite an honour and it was an ideal opportunity for everyone to get to know Saudi Arabia and to meet colleagues in the Kingdom. "

Engineer Alaa Gelidan, Head of Project Management Capability in BAE Systems Saudi Arabia is one of the ELP 2012 delegates. He said: “This first module was a great opportunity to meet the ELP delegates from other home markets and businesses. The range of backgrounds and experiences of the people gathered together was a real eye-opener for me and made me appreciate the true global nature of our business. “

“As a Saudi, it was also great to see so many colleagues from around the world develop their understanding of my business and my country. BAE Systems Saudi Arabia has a long heritage here and we have made a great contribution to the Kingdom.”

Communications Director, Monther Tayeb, said: "The Company is committed to training and developing its employees all over the world. And that is clear in Saudi Arabia, where following such support many of our Saudi employees currently work in senior managerial positions.”

“BAE Systems Saudi Arabia takes pride in its commitment towards the employment of the largest possible number of local individuals in various functions across the Company. Currently approximately 60% of our workforce in the Kingdom are Saudi Nationals and these activities earned the Company the Prince Naif Saudisation Award and Best Business Environment for Job Localisation Award in 2011.”

To celebrate the ELP delegates’ visit to Riyadh - for the first time in the programme’s history – and mark the end of the first module, attendees visited a traditional Saudi mud house and enjoyed a traditional Saudi meal with Executive Sponsor Guy Griffiths, Group Managing Director, International, Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, Business Development Director, International and Tony McCarthy, Vice President, Human Resources and Business Operations. They were also joined by a number of Saudi employees on the ‘Future Programme’ which supports Saudi employees to develop their competences to become future leaders.

Issued by:
BAE Systems Saudi Arabia, P.O. Box 1732, Riyadh 11441, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Tel: +966 (0)1 445 9100