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Shell has recently celebrated the graduation of 260 young people who have successfully completed its Intilaaqah training programme in the Eastern Region of Saudi Arabia (KSA).

The ceremony to mark this achievement took place at the Prince Sultan Centre for Science and Technology (SCITECH) in the presence of Mr Abdulrhman Al Fuhaid, the President of the micro-loans funding agency Bab Rizq Jameel (BRJ), and Mr Patrick Van Daele, Country Chairman of Shell in Saudi Arabia.


Each graduate successfully completed a three stage Intilaaqah taining programme that started with the ‘Bright Ideas’ workshop, which enabled the young people test their entrepreneurial acumen and to identify and evaluate different business ideas. This was followed by an intensive two week ‘Become a Successful Owner Manager’ programme which enabled the participants to develop the skills to research and produce a viable business plan. Finally, the budding entrepreneurs joined the ‘Intilaaqah Club’ which enables them to network with other Intilaaqah graduates, dating back to 2009, in order to develop essential business contacts and to benefit from the knowledge and experience of established entrepreneurs.

Following the Intilaaqah training, 260 new business plans were produced with an even spread of ideas across the commercial, industrial and service sectors.

The ceremony was concluded with the signing of an MoU between Shell and BRJ, which will open up funding opportunities for Intilaaqah participants who meet BRJ’s loan criteria. Many of those graduating at the event also have the potential to receive start up finance from The Centennial Fund, a leading youth business funding and support charity in KSA.

Explaining how the Intilaaqah programme has enhanced the process of transforming a bright idea into a viable business, one of the participants Fahad Abdullah, who is developing an early years educational toy store said, “The Intilaaqah training programme has enabled me to develop a viable business model with a clear strategic vision.” Another participant, Ashraf Hassan, added that, “Intilaaqah enabled me to take the massive step of quitting my job to start my own mobile phone accessories business. Thank you Intilaaqah and thank you Shell!”

Speaking at the event, Mr Patrick Van Daele, Country Chairman of Shell Saudi Arabia said, “We have a shared responsibility to promote employment opportunities for young people, and we are very pleased that our partnership excellence with different governmental and private sector organisations in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia has allowed us to deliver several Intilaaqah training courses in support of the Kingdom’s 2020 vision.”

Nawaf Al Musra, Shell Intilaaqah KSA Programme Manager said, “Shell’s Intilaaqah KSA programme has trained more than 6,500 young Saudis in enterprise development skills since its launch in 2010. Shell’s statistics show that 15% of the programme’s graduates were able to create very successful and stable small enterprises, and each year this number is rising.”

 


 

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