ERG’s Graduate Programme for Young Geologists Fosters Skills and Innovation in Saudi Arabia


ERG Arabia, a fully owned subsidiary of Eurasian Resources Group (ERG), a leading diversified natural resources company headquartered in Luxembourg, has initiated a three-year programme for geology graduates in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Geology Graduate Intake Programme is aimed at developing long-term mining skills and technological advancements in the related economic sector in the Kingdom.

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“Our programme is key to unlocking the potential of local geology talent in the Kingdom’s mining sector. By providing Saudi graduates hands-on experience and mentorship, we are fostering a new generation of skilled explorers,” said Shawn Crispin, Head of Exploration, ERG. “We want to contribute to the growth and development of Saudi Arabia's mining industry and help to position it as a global leader in exploration and resource development.”

The three-year initiative will help train and prepare exceptional geologists to lead major resources exploration projects to world-class standards. The programme will provide an opportunity for graduates to gain valuable experience, training, and mentorship within ERG, under the supervision and guidance of experienced professionals.

“At ERG, we are very passionate about this programme and about the next generation of mining specialists. The graduate programme in Saudi Arabia embraces the spirit of dedication and is complementary to our existing educational initiatives in ERG’s other regions,” said Benedikt Sobotka, CEO, ERG and Co-Chair, Global Battery Alliance.

As part of Saudi Arabia journey towards economic diversification, it’s the equipping of local talent with skills, fostering technological advancement and promoting research excellence which are of paramount importance. It is also where deeper cooperation between leading local stakeholders and international corporations is key.

“This programme embodies our dedication to driving sustainable development in the Kingdom’s mining sector. By investing in local talent and providing young geologists with the necessary tools and opportunities, we are establishing a strong foundation for sustainable growth,” said Jonathan Cordero, Head of Corporate Development, ERG. “We look forward to nurturing and supporting Saudi geology graduates, empowering them to become future leaders and contributing to the long-term success of the Kingdom's mining industry.”

The Geology Graduate Intake Programme reflects ERG’s commitment to investing in the Kingdom’s human capital and contributing to the sustainable development of the region’s mining sector. The Programme commenced on Monday, July 3, at ERG’s Jeddah office, and the first three junior geologists have already started - all of them are graduates from the King Abdulaziz University (KAU) Department in earth sciences.

The key objectives of the programme include:

Skills development: Participants will undergo comprehensive training and development initiatives, equipping them with the necessary skills to excel in the field of geology.

Knowledge transfer: The programme facilitates close collaboration with experienced industry professionals, enabling the transfer of cutting-edge techniques, best practice, and advanced technologies, to strengthen exploration expertise and foster innovation in the region.

Employability: Graduates of the programme will benefit from a clear career progression pathway within the resources sector. Having gained practical hands-on experience, they will have broader opportunities to excel in their future careers in the sector.

Economic impact: By empowering local talent, ERG aims to support economic diversification in the Kingdom. The programme will create new job opportunities, stimulate local industries, and contribute to the development of a robust and sustainable mining sector.

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