Addressing the skills gap in Saudi Arabia: does vocational education address the needs of private sector employers?

Baqadir, A., Patrick, F. and Burns, G. (2011) Addressing the skills gap in Saudi Arabia: does vocational education address the needs of private sector employers? Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 63(4), pp. 551-561. (doi:10.1080/13636820.2011.589533)

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Abstract

This article reports the findings of data drawn from doctoral research on the extent to which recent changes in vocational training have addressed a perceived skills gap between the needs of private sector employers and potential workers in Saudi Arabia. While the Saudi government has made efforts to enhance the quality of vocational education, and has an ongoing policy of Saudisation to try to encourage employment of Saudi workers rather than expatriates, this study presents evidence that suggests a skills gap still exists. The findings highlight a perception among private sector employers that technical education fails to offer Saudi students sufficient vocational training to teach them the level of skills and attitudes to work that the employers require. The perceived skills gap centres on three factors: work ethics, specialised knowledge and generic skills.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Baqadir, Mr Abdullah and Burns, Dr George and Patrick, Dr Fiona
Authors: Baqadir, A., Patrick, F., and Burns, G.
Subjects:L Education > L Education (General)
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Professional Learning and Leadership
College of Social Sciences > School of Education
Research Group:Professional Learning and Leadership
Journal Name:Journal of Vocational Education and Training
ISSN:1363-6820
ISSN (Online):1747-5090
Published Online:11 November 2011

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