By Sam Bridge
Red Sea Development Company says 16,000 students have applied to its Elite Graduate Program in less than two weeks
The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), the developer behind one of the world’s most ambitious tourism projects, has received an overwhelmingly positive response to its Elite Graduate Program.
The program, which is due to commence in January 2020 and was announced across the company’s social media platforms, received applications from thousands of undergraduate and postgraduate degree holders from various disciplines.
Between November 21 and December 1, the website received 16,000 applications.
The initiative is closely aligned with the company’s strategic plan to build local capacity and invest in the development of national talent to support the growth of the country’s booming tourism sector, in line with Vision 2030.
The first phase of the Red Sea Project will include up to 14 hotels offering 3,000 hotel rooms across five islands and two inland sites, as well as commercial, retail and leisure facilities and other infrastructure.
Upon completion in 2030, the destination will deliver up to 8,000 hotel rooms across 22 islands and six inland sites.
“This unique program reiterates our commitment to invest in developing local expertise and providing long-term career opportunities in the rapidly expanding tourism sector,” said John Pagano, CEO at The Red Sea Development Company.
“The announcement was designed specifically to appeal to young, digitally savvy Saudis with an interest in becoming part of one of the most exciting tourism projects in the world today.”
Applications were invited from young Saudis who graduated in the past two years with degree specialisations in areas including corporate governance, law, environmental science, sustainability, engineering, finance, and corporate strategy.
A total of 900 potential candidates will now be vetted in a series of online evaluation tests and interviews, to measure their skills and understanding of areas relating to the work and development of The Red Sea Project.
The final selection of candidates will be put through face-to-face interviews to decide who will join the program in January 2020.
Accepted graduates will apply to one of five streams - governance and legal, environment and sustainability, engineering, finance and investment, and strategy. Each graduate will be enrolled in a 24-month tailored training schedule, during which their skills will be refined by working with international experts according to their specialisations.