Saudi Arabian shipping company Bahri has announced the signing of an agreement with King Abdulaziz University (KAU) to provide training opportunities to KAU’s Marine Sciences graduates on board its vessels. Bahri will offer intensive practical training for students undergoing Marine Navigation and Engineering programs at KAU as part of its ‘Bahri Society’ initiative. The move comes in line with the company’s commitment to contribute towards achieving Saudi Vision 2030 and its ongoing efforts to train Saudi youth, improve their skills and develop their expertise in the maritime sector.
‘Bahri Society’ aims to support local talent and develop a pool of highly qualified individuals that will build a prosperous future for the Kingdom and contribute to economic and social development through their skills and expertise.
Under the terms of the agreement, Bahri will find a berth on board its managed vessels for KAU Marine Sciences students, allowing the cadets to carry out their ‘sea time’ and any other tasks or projects which they are required to complete as part of their study program. Bahri will ensure that the cadets have suitable accommodation and food on board and are treated in the same manner as any cadet that Bahri would employ on board its vessels. As part of this sponsorship agreement, Bahri will absorb the costs involved for each cadet that undergoes training on board its vessels, including airfare, visa, monthly salary and food allowance.
The program, which includes 60 cadets in this year’s intake, will involve practical maritime services training on board Bahri’s commercial vessels, where the students will be trained in two phases for six months each. Upon completion of the practical training, the students return to the Faculty of Marine Sciences to complete the curriculum to obtain their Certificate of Graduation based on their particular area of specialisation, either navigation or marine engineering.