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RIYADH: A discussion by the Red Sea Development Company as part of its annual Elite Graduate program was hailed as “inspiring” and “energizing” by the latest group of students enrolled in the course.

The Riyadh meeting, led by TRSDC CEO John Pagano, welcomed the third group of students participating in the course, which aims to mentor young Saudis and create employment opportunities, particularly in tourism sectors. and the growing hospitality industry in the Kingdom.

Mohammed Al-Ghuraiyr, a student enrolled in the program, told Arab News that the session “was inspiring and gave us hope to build the future of tourism and hospitality in Saudi Arabia.”

Al-Ghuraiyr, who works as a project delivery specialist in the program, described Pagano as a “great leader who delivers positivity and motivation”.

The program allows Saudi graduates to undergo comprehensive on-the-job training.

TRSDC leaders sat down with some registered graduates to connect one-on-one, and also appeared virtually to answer questions and offer advice.

Pagano was joined by Ahmad Darwish, the company’s chief administrative officer, and Tim Williams, head of people strategy and culture.

“Meeting the CEO and CAO reminded me how lucky we are as elites to have an opportunity like this and to be able to join such an important project,” said Noor Al-Matrood, marketing enrolled in the program, at Arab News.

“We have noticed the care and enthusiasm shown by our leaders, which has inspired us to work harder and learn every lesson that comes our way,” she said.

Jumana Baghaffar, who works as an architectural specialist in the program, said the project was the start of an incredible future for her.

“I can’t wait to see where TRSDC’s ambitions take us. This is just the beginning,” she said.

The third edition of the program started on March 8. All students enrolled are recent bachelor’s or master’s graduates.

Students go through a series of assessments and interviews before being selected for their pathways, which focus on operations, cybersecurity, project development, corporate wellbeing, smart destination, finance and Investment, Project Delivery, Cost, Trade and Procurement, Environment and Sustainability, and Internal Audit.

Students are considered full-time employees with a two-year internship contract.

Usamah Al-Shahrani, an enrolled student working as a landscape architecture specialist at the Red Sea Development Company, said, “Leading sustainable development, creating groundbreaking works and being ambitious reflects on us as young Saudis.


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