The Wholeness Program -Incorporating Technical Learning and Vocational Training in Al-Baha

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The College of Technology and High School Technical Institute launched the second round of "Wholeness" Program's activities, as a joint venture between the Ministry of Education and The General Association for Technical and Vocational Training. 114 public education students attended, in the presence of their educational supervisors, and mentors, and the registration and acceptance school representatives, as well as department heads, and representatives for training and trainee services at the College and Technical Institute in Al-Baha.

The head of the board, representing the Technical Training College, Mar'ey Bin Saad El-Qurany, said that the the program aims to provide students with the basic skills in the technical and vocational aspects and to facilitate the students' entry into the workforce upon graduation, by encouraging the country's youth to join technical and vocational fields, which are in demand by the labour market. It also aims to spread the culture of technical and vocational employment, and to promote a positive image of vocational work, and to help students discover their interests and abilities, and to establish a primary vocational preparation, as well as giving students the opportunity to practice their preferred vocations, in a vocational training environment. It also plans to provide a positive grounding to public education students and school community towards vocational work as well as becoming competent at more variable life skills and providing a complementarity between the educational syllabus and technical and vocational training programs in order to accomplish Saudi's developmental goals.

Khaled Shakhs El-Ghamdy, the College Dean and supervisor of the Technical Institute said that program's working scheme begins with high school students (compulsory course system) enrolling in one of the technical and vocational courses, which are graded as a voluntary course, as part of the educational plan, and each course comprises 5 approved hours. He added that one day per week has been allocated to technical and vocational training.

El-Ghamdy praised the efforts of the work team, in this field, for introducing the wholeness program, which aims to provide public high school students (compulsory course system) with the basic skills in the technical and vocational spheres, and for facilitating students' entry into the labour force after graduation, and encouraging the country's youth to elect technical and vocational spheres, which have a shortage of manpower, as well as aiming to spread the culture of technical and vocational employment and promote a positive image of vocational employment.

Salman Bin Jaber Al-Gahtany, Public Relations Manager at the Technical College, stated that the "Wholeness Program" was recently launched by the Ministry of Education, in conjunction with the Ministry of Labour. It aims to achieve the country's developmental needs for human resources, and to enable technical and applied education in Saudi public schools, as well as providing a positive grounding for public education students and school communities toward vocational work, in addition to becoming competent at a variety of life skills and enabling the complementarity between the educational syllabus and technical and vocational training programs.
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