BAE Systems has made a major commitment to the training of local nationals to bring them into management, technical and other qualified positions. This process is known as Saudisation. It is expected that the young men and women involved in this will form the leadership for the future, both in the Kingdom and throughout the Arab world.
Saudis constitute 57 per cent of the total BAE Systems' workforce in Saudi Arabia making the Company one of the largest private sector employers of Saudis. The proportion and number of local nationals in employment grows steadily each year as capabilities continue to increase: in 1993 the Company employed 700 Saudis constituting just 15 per cent of the workforce at the time.
The Company focuses on all aspects of development, supporting the career aspirations of its workforce. Training extends from task related exercises, to management programmes and to broader business areas such as safety, ethical conduct, and in the promotion of cross-cultural understanding. These three areas are being introduced to new joiners as standard topics on induction.