By Jeremy Lawrence
Move in line with Vision 2030 plan to raise participation of nationals in labour market
Saudi Air Navigation Services Company is set to employ women as air traffic controllers for the first time after the Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation announced details of a new one-year course.
The kingdom's national aviation training body, which operates under the General Authority of Civil Aviation, will run the one-year educational programme that will qualify Saudi females to work in the air traffic control profession for the first time ever, according to Saudi Press Agency.
Saudi Air Navigation Services Company said employing women in the aviation sector is line with the Vision 2030 plan to reduce Saudi Arabia's dependence on oil and diversify its economy.
Part of those goals, launched by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in July, includes raising the participation of women in the labour market.
The 80 applicants began admission tests on Sunday morning at the Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation. Students must be a Saudi national and have a secondary school degree from the Department of Natural Sciences at a rate of at least 90 percent and a degree of 5.5 in the IELTS test and be aged between 18-25.
The course will see successful candidates undergo practical and theoretical training in air traffic control, in addition to workshops and field trips.