In line with Vision 2030, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is projected to undergo significant population, economic, and industrial growth over the next twenty years. A key enabler of this growth is the power sector which is expected to generate a significant requirement for a highly skilled and specialized workforce in the power and energy sectors.
To address this challenge, the government of Saudi Arabia, Saudi Aramco, Saudi Electricity Company and King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) came together to conduct a feasibility study for the Kingdom’s power sector workforce. The study identified a considerable gap between workforce supply and expected demand, lack of collaboration between industry and existing technical training institutes and the need for new trades such as Smart Grid, Energy Efficiency, Solar, Wind and Nuclear programs. In conclusion, the study recommended to establish a world class industry-led National Power Academy.
Accordingly, a Letter of Intention was signed in December 2014, and subsequently a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the Founding stakeholders in December 2015, endorsing the establishment of a world class, industry-led National Power Academy (NPA).
The NPA will help reduce unemployment, contribute to economic growth and increase Saudization levels for the local energy sector workforce.
BSC's National Energy Centre of Excellence was selected to serve as the training provider for the National Power Academy, which is run by leading Saudi power sector companies, including Saudi Aramco. Institutions from around the world submitted proposals to partner with the academy, including from Germany and Great Britain.
In August 2018, Bismarck State College signed an agreement to partner with and operate the National Power Academy