Saudi Arabia initiates human capability development program to attain Vision 2030 goals

By Amirtha P S, Desk Reporter
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Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz has launched the Human Capability Development Program (HCDP), as part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 plans and a national strategy to strengthen citizen’s capabilities.

The program represents a national strategy to enhance the competitiveness of Saudi citizens’ capabilities locally and globally to be ready for the current and future labor market. It can be achieved through instilling and promoting values, developing basic and future skills, and developing knowledge, the Crown Prince said.

The program has been developed to meet the needs and aspirations of all segments of society, beginning from childhood passing through universities, colleges, technical and vocational institutes, and reaching the labor market, with the goal of preparing citizens for the future, as this contributes to building a solid economy based on skills and knowledge and with human capital at its core.

The Crown Prince announced that the program includes 89 initiatives aimed at achieving 16 strategic objectives of Saudi Vision 2030. The program’s strategy will be built on three pillars, namely, develop a resilient and strong educational base, prepare for the future labor market locally and globally, and provide lifelong learning opportunities.

The initiatives as part of HCDP include promoting the expansion of kindergartens, which will help develop a resilient and strong educational foundation for all children. The career guidance and counseling initiative will provide citizens with the capabilities and skills necessary to plan their career objectives. Further, it includes a number of initiatives that target upskilling and reskilling citizens to increase the employability rate and enable entrepreneurs and innovators for the future labor market locally and globally.

The program will develop a more active partnership with the private and non-profit sectors. It also aims to achieve several goals, including increasing kindergarten enrollment from 23 percent to 90 percent and placing two Saudi universities among the top 100 universities in the world by 2030.

The HCDP initiatives will provide vast opportunities that will pave the way for future globally competitive generations. It will also instill the values of moderation and tolerance, determination and perseverance, discipline and mastery, and it will boost work culture, which will lead to global citizenship and enhance national human capabilities global competitiveness.

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