McDermott Middle East has launched a graduate training programme for students from Saudi Arabia.

The initiative will provide selected students with vocational training opportunities across a range of the contractor's departments in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Participants will be able to take advantage of on-the-job training within McDermott’s engineering, fabrication, marine, supply chain, commercial, and safety divisions.

Linh Austin, McDermott’s vice president and general manager for Middle East and Caspian, said: “As one of the oldest EPCI [engineering, procurement, construction, and installation] contractors in the Middle East, we give back to the region and our local community by investing in the career development of our future generations.

“Through our graduate training programme, we will build and develop young talent, who bring in enthusiasm, fresh and innovative thinking, strong educational qualifications, and language competencies.”

With more than 900 CVs received through careers fairs and direct applications, McDermott had to implement a rigorous selection process for the programme’s inaugural cohort. Applicants were screened based on their engineering discipline, university ranking, and grade-point average.

A total of 100 applicants were selected for telephone interviews, and 52 were shortlisted for face-to-face interviews. 14 graduate students were selected for the rotational training programme’s first class.

The scheme will run for a two-year period, during which participants will gain an understanding of McDermott’s operational functions.

The programme has been designed to support career growth by empowering students to apply their skills outside of the classroom within a professional setting. Upon completion, each participant will be assigned a permanent role within a McDermott division that matches his or her competencies and skills.

Fatimah Haydar, a member of McDermott’s 2017 Saudi Arabian graduate training programme, said: “It is a truly life-changing experience, and I hope to inspire other women engineers in Saudi Arabia to improve their training, and push boundaries in the oil and gas industry.”