"Knowledge transfer key to accelerating Saudi’s Nationalisation Agenda"
“Knowledge transfer is key to accelerating Saudi’s Nationalisation Agenda. Through Vision 2030, the Kingdom will gradually reduce the reliance on international contractors by fostering the skills, capabilities, experiences and qualified personnel within its own populace."
Hana Abu Kharmeh, the Regional Human Resources Director at Serco Middle East said:
Future generations of Saudi nationals will in-turn have a lower requirement to outsource projects to international firms, ensuring the future of the country is driven by its own people.”
She continued: “The transfer of knowledge will create a snowball effect wherein opportunities will be created for Saudi nationals that simply don’t exist today, as the competencies, skills and experiences that currently reside with the expatriate workforce will be instead transferred to nationals.
As these new opportunities get filled, Saudi Arabia will be able to operate almost solely on a nationalised workforce that then transfers knowledge and grows internally in a dynamic way.”
This will especially be important for crucial sectors such as healthcare, in which Serco specialises in delivering essential healthcare services for a better environment for healthcare and supporting improved patient outcomes.
Serco in Saudi Arabia is also dedicated to supporting the Nationalisation Programme contained within Vision 2030. This is most clearly evidenced through Serco’s partnership with Mashroat to provide management consultancy services, for a very complex and critical scope of work to the Kingdom. This in-turn, will optimise operational cost throughout the Kingdom in a manner that is spearheaded by Saudi nationals through Saudi owned and operated companies.
National Development programmes will also be key in knowledge transfer and support the sourcing, recruitment, training and development of Saudi nationals within businesses.
Hana Abu Kharmeh concluded:
“Moving forward, it is essential that this initial dedication to nationalisation within the Kingdom continues. In order to achieve the goals of Vision 2030, it rests with the international companies and expatriate workforces to develop knowledge transfer protocols that are effective and contribute toward the development of expertise within nationals.
This has already started, with governmental tenders now including knowledge transfer clauses and requirements within them.
A contractor that wins a project must now commit to an effective knowledge transfer programme throughout or at the culmination of the project – or both – to facilitate the take-over of the project by a team of Saudi nationals.
This efficiently and dynamically ensures that the highest international standards reach the Saudi national workforce and can then cascade through to the next generation, without the need for international support.”
Reducing the reliance on international contractors is also heavily beneficial for the Saudi economy, as the lower prices associated with a localised workforce will mean projects are facilitated to happen sooner without sacrificing quality, duration or scope. It is important that international contractors continue to support the growth of Saudi Arabia as a country as well as its nationals