Naif Al-Omair, head of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development’s vocational examination program, reportedly said in a workshop which was conducted in Dammam on Tuesday that the ministry would organize five stages for vocational tests, the first planned next month.
He said vocational theoretical and practical examinations would cover workers from 7 countries including India, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Egypt, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Workers from India will be examined in December while workers from the Philippines will sit for the tests in May 2020 and workers from Sri Lanka and Indonesia in July 2020 and those from Egypt, Bangladesh and Pakistan in December 2021.
Examinations will be conducted in Arabic, Hindi, Urdu and Filipino languages and the workers who pass the tests will be given a five-year certificate, he added.
According to the Ministry, there are more than 2.6 million unskilled expatriate workers in the Kingdom and 95% of unskilled workers are coming from those 7 countries.
Most likely the vocational test will be conducted on the basis of professions.