SAUDI ARABIA: Last year TQ Education & Training was awarded a five-year contract to provide training and management services to the Saudi Railway Polytechnic, which has been established in Buraydah through a partnership between Saudi Arabia Railways and Technical & Vocational Training Corp.

TQ is responsible for developing the curriculum and learning materials, managing equipment and facilities and employing the training staff.

The polytechnic will train 1500 students aged 18-21 years over five years, providing vocational qualifications in health & safety, mechanical, electrical and civil engineering, signalling & telecommunications, rolling stock maintenance and train driving. All teaching will be in English. As well as Saudi nationals, it is hoped that the polytechnic will attract students from across the region.n