In continuation of its efforts to support the Saudi government’s vision, Saudia Dairy and Foodstuff Company (SADAFCO) has completed its third edition of ‘Saifi’ Internship Program (SIP). The program offered high school and university students the opportunity to gain experience and exposure to different practices at the company’s premises across the Kingdom.

Launched jointly by the Ministry of Labour and Social Development (MOLSD) and the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF), the program is aimed at training and developing practical skills among the Kingdom’s youth. The four-week internship program ran from 8 July until 5 August, with the participation of 68 male and female students

The trainees were allocated to different departments according to their areas of specialization. While some were assigned to factories, others were engaged in stores, workshops, administration and finance activities.

“SADAFCO has constantly supported the Kingdom’s long-term vision of empowering young talents and implementing Saudization,” said Wout Matthijs, Chief Executive Officer, SADAFCO. “There is a mismatch of talent and job market demand, and we are delighted to be given the chance to play an active role in bridging that gap by offering students training programs at our offices.”

Through the one-month program, interns were able to enhance their skills in team work, time-management and work on their personal development. Through the daily assignments, the trainees were given room to claim responsibility over tasks which in turn taught them optimum decision making procedures.

To ensure that interns received a constructive experience, SADAFCO collected managers and trainees’ feedback through the ‘training process survey’ available on SAIFI’s website. Upon completion of the program, trainees were invited to meet the Human Resources Manager and Public relations and Government, Talal Al Nounou and receive their certificates.