Saudi Arabia: Nayef Yar, technical trainer

Nayef Yar, technical trainer in Saudi Arabia

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.

How did you find out about the Technical Trainers College?

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.

Were your expectations met?

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!

What was the reason you wanted to become a teacher in the first place?

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.

How would you describe your home country?

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.

What do you do in your free time?

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.


        
    
The Technical Trainers College in Riyadh is the country’s very first training centre for vocational teachers. Photos: Andreas Wolf and Talal Al Ghamdi
The Technical Trainers College in Riyadh is the country’s very first training centre for vocational teachers. Photos: Andreas Wolf and Talal Al Ghamdi

        
    
Practice is best: Here students are working on a three-phase engine. The TTC is fully equipped with high-tech machinery.
Practice is best: Here students are working on a three-phase engine. The TTC is fully equipped with high-tech machinery.

        
    
The German Stephan Plichta is one of 65 European teachers working in Riyadh.
The German Stephan Plichta is one of 65 European teachers working in Riyadh.

        
    
Nayef Yar thinks highly of the teaching methodology because it combines theory with practice. In his view ‘the learning conditions are excellent.’
Nayef Yar thinks highly of the teaching methodology because it combines theory with practice. In his view ‘the learning conditions are excellent.’

        
    
The engineering technology course produces highly qualified craftsmen and vocational trainers at one and the same time.
The engineering technology course produces highly qualified craftsmen and vocational trainers at one and the same time.

        
    
Teachers and vocational students engage in very intensive exchanges. Oliver Herrlen teaches computer-based machine tool programming.
Teachers and vocational students engage in very intensive exchanges. Oliver Herrlen teaches computer-based machine tool programming.

        
    
One of Nayef Yar’s fellow students explains how to operate a machine that can be used for the computer-controlled manufacture of machine tools and components.
One of Nayef Yar’s fellow students explains how to operate a machine that can be used for the computer-controlled manufacture of machine tools and components.

        
    
Usage, maintenance and instructions – at the TTC Nayef Yar has learned how to repair machines and can explain in clear terms how they are to be operated.
Usage, maintenance and instructions – at the TTC Nayef Yar has learned how to repair machines and can explain in clear terms how they are to be operated.

        
    
Yar is switching roles from student to teacher. At present he is teaching at another vocational training school in Yanbu while finishing off his Master’s degree.
Yar is switching roles from student to teacher. At present he is teaching at another vocational training school in Yanbu while finishing off his Master’s degree.