Air Products has launched a Female Engineers & Technical Associates (FETA) programme to support the next generation of female talent in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the industrial gas giant has confirmed.

Launched on Wednesday (25th May), the programme aims to give participants the opportunity to experience a range of tailored job rotations with Air Products, including hands-on learning, as well as professional and technical development opportunities.

FETA was launched by Air Products in the presence of the Prince of the Eastern Province, His Royal Highness Prince Saud bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud; honoured guests from the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development (MOHR); and the Saudi Council of Engineers.

Dr. Samir Serhan, Chief Operating Officer at Air Products, said, “Through FETA we are pioneering a new path of learning for female engineers and technicians.”

“This programme will help shape their futures as they become part of a world-leading industrial gases company, working on some of the most innovation, forward locking projects of our time – projects that are making history by helping to solve significant energy and environmental challenges.”

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Source: Air Products

As well as supporting female talent, FETA also supports the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, that recognises Saudi women as a “significant asset” that is currently underutilised, and the need to identify women’s rights points in the same direction.

Taking this onboard, one of the aims of Vision 2030 is to create one million jobs for women.

Fahad Saad Alzuabi, Resettlement Program Manager in the Eastern Province, added, “The National transformation programme 2020 will accelerate the empowerment of women and strengthen their position in society. We are pleased to support the launch of FETA, which is in line with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, and the advancement of women in leadership roles.”

In parallel with the launch of FETA, Air Products has also made its latest investment and commitment to the Kingdom and Vision 2030, by making a financial contribution to Education for Employment, the leading non-profit organisation connecting youth in the Middle East and North Africa to the world of work.