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Why Kuwait is banking on women engineers

A new training program in Kuwait will funnel more women into engineering.

A new training program will funnel more Kuwaiti women engineers into the workforce.

According to Dr. Hind Al­-Sabeeh,  State Minister for Social Affairs and Labor, the program is part of the government’s plan to further Kuwait’s competitiveness.

In a statement at the inauguration ceremony, Al-­Sabeeh outlined the government’s vision to support local talent, particularly women. This is in line with His Highness the Amir’s vision.

The program will train Kuwaiti engineers to thrive in the private sector, said Al­Sabeeh.

The program is adapted from a course conducted by a Turkish Limited Company, Limak. Fatma Betul, Turkish Minister of Family and Social Policies attended the inauguration, along with President of Kuwait University Dr. Hussein Al­Ansari.

Limak helped develop Kuwait airport’s terminal 2, a $4.3 billion project that involved a lot of knowledge exchange. 20 women engineers from Limak will support and mentor more than 20 young Kuwaiti women engineers.

For Turkish minister, Betul, the mounting number of Kuwaiti females studying engineering is a positive sign, but only a few succeed in joining the workforce, which reveals a gap in training. She believes this program can help get these skilled women into employment.

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