Saudi Arabia is a nation that is changing and with the relationship that the UK government has with the Kingdom we are able to support that change from a position of partnership and cooperation.
BAE Systems and its Kingdom Partner Companies are committed to empowering women in the workforce, supporting the Kingdom’s aim through Vision 2030 for women to account for 30% of the country’s workforce.
Our commitment to skills transfer, including training the next generation of Saudi Nationals, continues to evolve. This includes through the training we provide as part of our delivery of government to government contracts, but also for our own employees. Our partner company, BAE Systems Saudi Development and Training, also delivers extensive training in a wide range of sectors, including beyond the defence sector.
Through our operations in the Kingdom, we have contributed to the training of thousands of Saudi Nationals in many highly-skilled fields, including engineering, technology and aviation.
We have a Saudi National graduate scheme which supports an intake each year into roles across our Saudi businesses and in 2021, alongside Alfaisal University, we also launched the Saudi National Advanced Apprenticeship Programme (SNAAP). A ground-breaking programme, the first of its kind in Saudi Arabia, SNAAP will enable Saudi youth to directly enter the labour market with practical experience. Initially focusing on project management, the four year programme ensures students are taught curricula compatible with project management best practice supported by practical application through employment by BAE Systems.
SNAAP builds on established partnerships with universities across Saudi Arabia, including the University Collaboration Programme (UCP). A five-year initiative between BAE Systems Saudi Arabia, our Kingdom Partner Companies and six universities across KSA, the UCP supports knowledge transfer and support to the next generation of Saudi Nationals through lecture delivery and graduate project awards.