Faced with a shortage of skilled workers from Saudi Arabia, the kingdom is investing heavily in education and training. This is why Saudi Arabia’s Technical and Vocational Training Corporation commissioned GIZ International Services to establish the new Technical Trainers College (TTC) in Riyadh – the first of its kind in the country. Nayef Yar was among the first bachelor students. Today he is already teaching at the College of Applied Technology.
When I graduated from my college in Jeddah my professors nominated me for the TTC. They told me this was a new school, with German teachers and a German administration system and that it was a very good opportunity for me. I chose to go there because it offered different learning methodologies, and because of all the high-tech equipment and the German staff running the school.
Yes! All the teachers are very good and I made many friends among the students. You get to learn on real machines and tools. They’re exactly the same kind of machines as they have in the Mercedes Benz plants in Germany! At the end of my degree course, I felt I had received the same quality of education as I would have got in a German vocational school - without leaving the country!
Both of my parents are teachers and I grew up seeing the love and effort they put into their work. I decided to follow in their steps. Teaching is a great chance for me to help young people acquire better skills and abilities.
Saudi Arabia is one of the biggest countries in the world. It is the land of the Prophet Muhammad – Peace Be Upon Him – and the two holy mosques. Many people assume that Saudi Arabia has no history but we have been important throughout all the ages.
Right now I am doing a Master’s degree in mechatronics. I believe that as a teacher I have a responsibility to continue learning and honing my skills to give my students the best I can. I’ve nearly finished all my classes and, as you can imagine, I don’t have very much free time, or at least not as much as I would like to have. Maybe I will do a PhD, we’ll have to see what the future brings.