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Human capital development

Turning great aspirations into reality requires great capabilities.

We emphasize continuous development and skill building to drive performance through a wealth of courses, training centers, internships, and mentorship programs.

From our newest recruits to our experienced professionals and senior leadership, we offer capacity building programs tailored to help them meet the growing responsibilities linked to our evolving business.

Upstream Professional Development Center

Meeting the energy challenges of tomorrow requires investing in our people today. Our Upstream Professional Development Center (UPDC) is designed to accelerated skill building and knowledge transfer to our young men and women entering the exploration and petroleum engineering fields. Through its broad suite of interactive programs, UPDC compresses the time required for new engineers and geoscientists to contribute in their jobs, while capturing the knowledge and experience of more senior professionals.

Its facilities include cutting-edge 4-D imaging environments that virtually immerse students inside oil and gas reservoirs deep underground, realistic drilling simulators, and computerized core sample analysis tools. Combining interactive classroom instruction with practical problem solving, the Center’s instructors prepare young employees for future challenges and keep senior employees current with the latest advances in their field, underscoring our commitment to managing the Kingdom’s hydrocarbon resources for the benefit of generations to come.

Training sessions

UPDC delivered training sessions programs in professional engineering development, inspection, and professional certification.

Industrial Sponsorship Program

In addition to supporting our incumbent workforce, we prepare new generations to be “job ready.” Our Industrial Sponsorship Program prepares Saudi high school graduates and vocational college students for jobs in administration, operations, security, fabrication, and maintenance.

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University Internship Program 

Vocational College Internship Program

College Degree Programs

To ensure we maintain a steady stream of entry-level Saudi professionals, we offer the College Degree Program for Non-Employees (CDPNE), a highly selective scholarship program for male and female Saudi high school graduates. Participants who successfully complete the 10-month College Preparatory Program in Dhahran are sponsored to study for a bachelor’s degree at KFUPM or at an international university in a discipline aligned with our strategic needs.

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Hosted University Program

Our Hosted University Program expands advanced degree opportunities for our employees. This cost-effective approach brings the knowledge and expertise of leading global universities and institutions to the Kingdom to deliver customized, business centered academic degrees. Since the program’s inception in 2009, more than 10 international universities have participated.

Leadership Series

To maximize the value from Aramco’s move into new businesses and new geographies, our next generation needs a new set of leadership skills. Our Leadership Series imparts these skills through programs that address critical challenges at each level of responsibility, ensuring that core leadership skills are developed early and are enhanced at each successive level.

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