Empowering Saudi Arabia’s Workforce: MCIT, SDA, NeLC, and Coursera Launch Transformative Initiative to Prepare 100,000 Saudi Residents for In-Demand Digital Jobs


By: Jeff Maggioncalda, CEO of Coursera

At this time, we’re excited to announce that Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Communications and Info Know-how (MCIT) and the Saudi Digital Academy (SDA), in collaboration with the Nationwide eLearning Middle (NeLC), have partnered with Coursera to launch “Gas,” a brand new coaching initiative aiming to equip 100,000 Saudi residents with abilities and credentials tailor-made to in-demand digital jobs in its first 12 months. The program will probably be delivered by way of the Saudi Digital Academy, one of many MCIT’s initiatives to empower native youth and equip them with required abilities for the Saudi digital labor market.

This partnership will serve many teams, together with unemployed Saudi nationals, employed employees trying to upskill in Info and Communications Know-how (ICT) domains, latest college graduates, and Saudi youth. 

With over 40 curated studying tracks and 200 coaching programs throughout eight key job sectors, this system will present versatile, free studying pathways for residents to develop the talents required to entry rising job alternatives throughout the increasing ICT domains. Furthermore, with skilled instruction from prime world firms, this system acts as a significant bridge between Saudi expertise and potential employers, equipping learners with the talents they should unlock a variety of employment alternatives as digital transformation, AI, and different rising applied sciences create new business calls for. 

“This partnership suits throughout the Academy’s dedication to enhancing the digital capabilities of the nation’s youth,” stated Mohammed Alsuhaim, CEO of the Saudi Digital Academy. “The ‘Gas’ program is consistent with the Academy’s aims of equipping younger people with the mandatory instruments to reach the digital economic system period. This program will contribute to shaping a era of expert professionals who will make their mark on the expansion of the digital economic system and enhance their contribution to the GDP, thus reinforcing the Kingdom’s place as a regional heart for know-how and innovation.” 

“We’re dedicated to delivering related, trusted, high-quality lifelong studying, and improvement alternatives for upskilling and reskilling primarily based on market wants, by way of our built-in ecosystem, FutureX. This partnership with MCIT, SDA, and Coursera will speed up the event of human capabilities within the Kingdom,” stated Dr. Abdullah Alwalidi, the Director-Basic of NeLC.

We’re additionally proud to share that Coursera is taking steps to solidify a stronger native presence and has established a brand new authorized entity within the Kingdom. This strategic funding underscores our rising engagement with learners and companions within the area and signifies our long-term dedication to fostering digital literacy and selling employment alternatives for Saudi nationals.

To enroll in this system, go to kinds.nelc.gov.sa/sda/gas. To study extra about Coursera for Authorities, go to coursera.org/authorities


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