Supported and funded by private drilling companies, Saudi Arabia Drilling Academy (SADA) in Abqaiq is provided with logistic support by Saudi Aramco, the company reported on October 19, 2016.
The impetus of the academy came from Saudi Arabia’s need to train and develop young local talent. SADA will help provide young Saudis with the skills required for the drilling and exploration industry and by 2020, more than 30,000 are needed to work in the industry.
The project goes back to early 2015 when the Saudi Aramco Drilling initiated the concept and a countrywide feasibility study was commissioned for the drilling industry. The study found that over the next 20 years, approximately 90,000 Saudis will need to be trained to meet the industry’s growth plans in the Kingdom.
The best way to meet such a high demand is to act proactively by training Saudi youth to work in the drilling industry, and to do so, SADA is going to build up to training more than 4,000 Saudi nationals a year. This initiative will result in a marked increase in Saudization levels in the drilling industry across all technical job ranks.
The project is funded by the industry itself with 34 stakeholders contributing to the establishment and continuous running of the academy. Saudi Aramco has played a key role from the beginning and will continue to support SADA as a national project.