Golf Saudi has announced the development and distribution of its first-ever Arabic Golf Education and Training Programme. By furthering its commitments to creating a more sustainable golfing ecosystem, the programme is centred around providing job opportunities for Saudi nationals while simultaneously growing the golf industry in the Kingdom. Golf Saudi is working with industry leaders including, the Club Management Association of Europe (CMAE), National Centre for Facilities and Hospitality Management (FHM), and Qaderoon Business Disability Network. In order to create a programme which educates individuals and provides a vast array of roles within new and existing facilities, from Golf Course Management to Greenkeeping and Event Planning, delivering 2,200 jobs by 2025.
All parties have been hard at work to develop a joint programme which promotes jobs in golf for Saudi nationals, with varying backgrounds, skills, abilities and age ranges, with the intention of making the game fully inclusive in the Kingdom.
Majed Al Sorour, the CEO and Deputy Chairman of Golf Saudi said: “It is my pleasure to confirm that Golf Saudi has launched the first ever Arabic Education and Training Programme, furthering our commitment to make golf accessible to all. We are already upskilling the existing workforce at our corporate office and at our managed facilities, whilst preparing to roll out the programme to school and university graduates, as well as unemployed persons.”
The programme is open to any Saudi National who can gain access at no cost, providing an unrivalled pathway to one of the fastest-growing sectors in the Kingdom. Developed in partnership with CMAE, the MDP programme focuses on an education for individuals completely new to golf.
Five qualification levels have been developed as part of the education journey, which can be paused at any stage, dependent on the individual’s aspirations and skillset. This includes an introduction to golf, foundations skills for club service, supervisory and team leadership, internships and the pre-MDP programme.
Commenting on the Arabic programme, Bill Sanderson, Lead Presenter at the Club Management Association of Europe said: “My thanks must go to Golf Saudi for not only implementing this first programme of its kind, but also to the planning and thought process in rolling it out across the Kingdom. This bold move demonstrates their courage to follow through on their extraordinary vision, in terms of making golf an inclusive sport throughout the Kingdom.”