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Today (Thursday), July 1, 2021, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development begins the first stage of the professional examination of employment in the Saudi market, by verifying that workers in many specialized craft professions possess the skills necessary to practice them.
The ministry indicated that the program will start gradually, commensurate with all establishments, so that the last stage will be in early January 2022.
For his part, the Deputy Minister for the Labor Sector, Abdullah bin Nasser Abu Thaneen, stated that the ministry is working to improve the quality of labor force work in the Saudi labor market, raise the level of services provided, enhance productivity, reduce the flow of unqualified labor, and contribute to developing the skills of the workforce according to Global standards to meet market needs.
The vocational examination program is concerned with ensuring that the worker possesses the necessary skills, by performing practical and theoretical tests in his field of specialization. It targets more than a thousand specialized craft professions, falling under 23 professional families. The program operates in two tracks: The first aims to examine professional workers in their countries before their arrival. In cooperation with international examination centers, the second is the examination of professional workers currently in the Kingdom in cooperation with local examination centers.
As for the obligating plan, it is scheduled to start with giant facilities that have 3,000 workers or more, then large facilities that employ from 500 to 2999 workers, and then medium facilities that include between 50 to 499 workers, and then small facilities category (A). ) Which employs from 6 to 49 workers, and finally small establishments category (B), which employs from one to 5 workers.
The ministry cautioned that establishments can take advantage of the program and access the electronic platform (vocational examination), and complete the process of booking the test for employment, and then the worker will be able to take the test at the specified center.
On Rajab 23, 1442 AH, corresponding to March 7, 2021 AD, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development launched the “Vocational Examination” program in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation.
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