Bechtel has launched a major graduate recruitment scheme with Riyadh College of Technology. The engineering, procurement and construction conglomerate will hire 75 trainees in the fields of architecture, survey technology and civil engineering, with the first intake set to start the three-month training programme this March. As part of the initiative, each will undertake a work placement at one of Bechtel’s projects in the Kingdom. Abdulrahman Al-Ghabban, the company’s deputy country manager, said: “Bechtel’s partnership with Riyadh College of Technology shows our commitment to the community and to improving workers’ skills in Saudi Arabia.

“Together we are creating better career opportunities, quality infrastructure and economic growth.” Riyadh College of Technology’s dean, Dr Abdulrahman Al-Ghanim, said: “We are delighted to have partnered with Bechtel on this unique programme, which will see 75 graduates receive practical training, develop and improve their professional skills and then be hired by Bechtel. “Our ambition is to see our students contributing towards Saudi Arabia’s 2030 vision. Developing their skills and careers at this prestigious company will help them to achieve this success.”

Bechtel has worked in the Kingdom for more than 70 years, developing infrastructure and mega projects from oil and gas facilities to airports. The company is currently working on lines 1 and 2 of Riyadh’s King Abdullah Financial Centre metro station, designed by Zaha Hadid. It’s also providing programme management at Jubail Industrial City, the world’s largest civil engineering project.