The newly launched national carrier of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh Air, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Colleges of Excellence (CoE), a leading entity in providing training services in the Kingdom, established by the Technical and Vocational Training Corporate (TVTC) in Saudi Arabia.
The agreement was signed by Riyadh Air CEO, Tony Douglas and the Colleges of Excellence CEO, Engineer Ayman Mustafa Al Abdullah attended by His Excellency the Governor of the TVTC, Dr. Ahmed bin Fahd Al-Fuhaid at its training facility. The agreement aims to solidifying both parties commitment to collaborate and create a transformative vocational program that will shape the future of the aviation industry, which includes the activation of a first of its kind, female training program specialized in the field of engineering and maintenance at the college in Saudi Arabia.
The MoU aims to provide innovative and specialized training programs for students in the aviation sector, which will include qualifying the first cohort of Saudi females in the Aircraft Maintenance Engineering program. The students will gain insight from the exchange of experiences and information, hands on training and workshop in order to implement and support their studies, to be provided at the college facilities.
Riyadh Air’s CEO Tony Douglas remarked: “We are thrilled to partner with the Colleges of Excellence to support the launch of the specialized aviation programs,” he added "By providing students with hands-on experience and specialized training, we aim to bridge the gap between education and industry requirements. We are particularly excited about the opportunities this program will create for women in technical engineering and maintenance, paving the way for a more diverse and inclusive aviation workforce.”
The CEO of the Colleges of Excellence, Eng. Ayman bin Mustafa Al Abdullah stressed: “It is important to build and strengthen our partnerships with promising sectors and companies in the Kingdom. It reflects our commitment to provide modern and specialized training opportunities that meet the needs of the labour market.”
He also pointed out that “training and empowering Saudi females in the specialized and advanced technical fields is another step for the national force in various specializations, and the directives provided by His Excellency the Governor of the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation and his keenness and continuous efforts to make a significant leap in the technical and vocational training sector.”
Riyadh Air is a new national airline established in March 2023. With headquarters in Saudi Arabia’s capital, Riyadh Air is the cutting edge of digital aviation. It will adopt the best international sustainability and safety practices to deliver an exceptional travel experience by bringing together the brightest minds from across the aviation industry, Saudi Arabia and the rest of the world to make this vision a reality.
Riyadh Air seeks to lead the aviation industry by transforming Saudi Arabia, given its unique strategic location, into a global aviation and trade hub.
Colleges of Excellence is a leading company that provides technical and vocational training services. It is the nexus between the best vocational and educational services providers, locally and globally; funding agencies; lawmakers; labor market organizers; in addition to agencies responsible for the supervision and assessment of education and training on the one hand, and employers in public and private sectors on the other hand.
The company was established in 2013 by the Technical and Vocational Training Corporate and Takamol Holding to provide their clients through the company with innovative training and technical solutions, in addition, to provide with consultation and training services that meet the demands of the work model.