Airbus is committed to ensuring training and development is at the heart of its business, either within Airbus or in the wider community. What young people learn in their schools and communities, in universities and work experience, will shape the decisions they take about how they will channel their energy, ideas and ambitions in the future. Airbus believes it’s important to open their minds to the world and to new experiences, because they are the people that will shape all of our futures.
Airbus identifies the skills and technologies that will be needed many years from now and works with education institutions and other organizations to see where we can use our own experience to support young people. It could be about lobbying governments for more investment in education, helping to ensure that students get the right sort of education for a career in engineering specialties that will be in demand in the future, or it could just be giving kids access to some of the most innovative thinkers in the world today to inspire them to do well in whatever they choose to do in their lives.
We hope that The Future by Airbus will help achieve all of these things. If today, we invest and nurture the talent of tomorrow, technology and innovation can make life better for all of us.
The Saudi government has accorded priority to the development of its human capital in an effort to increase employment opportunities for Saudi nationals and provide its population with the necessary skills to meet the demands of an expanding economy, Adnan Mandoura, secretary general of Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said on Sunday.
Inaugurating the second Middle East and North African ASTD MENA 2014 Training and Development Forum, he said an estimated 60 percent of the Saudi population is under the age of 30, and it is vital to develop human capital for nation-building.
“We invest significantly in training and professional development and expect our people to take advantage of the investment,” said Mandoura.
He said: “Our aim is to offer young Saudis education and training that will help them compete for jobs successfully in the local labor market. We are committed to making a difference to young people’s lives and futures in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”
Speaking on the occasion, Consul General of Malaysia M. Khalid Abdul Razak said: “Malaysia is one of the highly preferred nations for Saudi students. Malaysian educational and training institutions are in the forefront to facilitate training for Saudi students.”
The theme for this year’s ASTD MENA 2014 is “Enabling Excellence in Human Capital Development” and the conference is designed to focus attention on training and development of the workforce as a key driver for performance in organizations of every size and in every industry.
According to Walid Wakid, organizer, this year’s ASTD MENA is designed for all professionals, trainers, and decision-makers in the fields of Human Resources Development, Organizational Development, Learning and Development, Talent Management, Career Development, Performance Improvement, coaching, and Training Technology.
He announced that 28 specialists and experts in training from USA, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Malaysia will be speaking during the three-day conference.
The exclusive conference for workplace learning and development professionals is expected to be attended by 600 professionals from more than 20 countries. These professionals manage all aspects of learning in their organizations.
The event covers a vast spectrum ranging from CEOs and specialists to school heads and students.