Global training provider Site Group has signed up an additional 100 apprentices to its the Maharat Construction Training Centre (MCTC). 

This comes just days after signing deals with seven contracting companies to send 200 trainees to study an Associate Diploma of Construction Safety at the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture – Ithra in Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Importantly, the event showcased the new Diploma of Construction Safety program, which aims to attract and train Saudi youth in the latest technologies and safety requirements, qualifying them as safety supervisors at construction sites.

The company says the rapid growth in trainee numbers validates significant demand for training and underscores the necessity to expand the MCTC training centre capacity.

“We are proud to support the Maharat Construction Training Centre in their efforts to develop a skilled workforce for the construction industry in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” Site MENA CEO Mohammed Akbery said.

“The Diploma of Construction Safety program, developed by Site, demonstrates our commitment to providing high-quality, industry-relevant training that meets the needs of both employers and employees in the region.”

Demand for training around the country

The MCTC has experienced 100% year-on-year growth for the cohort commencing in March, highlighting demand for construction industry and paving the way for Site Group International (ASX:SIT) to deliver the Construction Safety program in other locations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

In addition to the Diploma of Construction Safety, MCTC’s scaffolding program is also ready for delivery. In fact, one of the major companies expressing significant interest in this program have indicated a need for 3,000 trained scaffolders.

“This growing demand for skilled scaffolders not only validates the importance of MCTC’s offerings but also reinforces the commitment to providing industry-relevant training programs that support the ongoing development of the Kingdom’s infrastructure projects,” the company said.

Site is well-positioned to respond to this growing demand by expanding its training portfolio and fostering strong relationships with industry partners like SABIC to ensure a steady supply of trained and competent professionals in the construction sector.

Additional apprentices and capacity increases

With the additional intake of 100 more apprentices announce today, the MCTC has experienced a 150% increase in total trainee numbers compared to same period last year – putting Site ahead of its Q4 2023 scheduled intake.

This intake, sponsored by Saudi Aramco partner LTS, has the potential to increase further in the future, and LTS has enquired about the possibility of extending the length of the company’s training programs and delivering a full diploma over a two-year period.

There’s clearly demand and the need to expand the training centres capacity, and Site is currently investigating this option to better accommodate the needs of the company’s partners and trainees through ongoing projects such as the Heavy Equipment Training Centre, as well as crane, rigging, and scaffolding training initiatives in the Jubail Fire & Safety Centre.

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