Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Image by Waseem Obaidi for Bloomberg
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Image by Waseem Obaidi for Bloomberg

Aecom teams with all-female university in Saudi Arabia for training programme

International architecture and construction firm Aecom has partnered with Princess Nourah University for a training agreement that allows both parties to collaborate on key areas of activity, including teaching, learning, internships and graduate recruitment. 

The agreement, signed for four years, outlines the pathway for the advancement of students into Aecom's internship and graduate programmes, a statement said, as well as the engagement of more women in the workplace, so they can play a bigger role in the country's economic growth. 

Based in Riyadh, Princess Nourah University is the world's largest female-only educational institute, and has, for the past two years, held workshops that aim at empowerment and knowedlge sharing, from interview coaching to job search support. 

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More than 10 students from Princess Nourah University have already completed internships at Aecom's offices, which sought to provide them with practical experience. 

Lena Alskran, an economics graduate from the university, joined Aecom in December 2018 as a business development assistant.

Commenting on her experience, she said: “Over the last six months I’ve been exposed to numerous different projects and people, and have applied the theory and soft skills I have learnt at university. Everyone has been very supportive of my professional development; I have a mentor and a clear development plan that will assist me in my goal to become a bid manager.”

“The training agreement with Princess Nourah University will leave a positive and long-term legacy in the kingdom, equipping female professionals with the skills required to achieve Vision 2030,” added Lara Poloni, chief executive, EMEA, AECOM. 

“To resource our increasing backlog in Saudi Arabia we need to grow our headcount by 1,000 people in the next 12 months. Hiring young Saudi talent is a key part of our recruitment strategy. The ability to draw on the skills of a diverse range of people from a variety of different backgrounds is vital to our success as a business and the projects we deliver.”