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EITI provides training to Saudi Arabia

DATE: December 2010

LOCATION: Middle East


  • Saudi Electricity Company
  • 30,000 employees
  • 3.5 million customers
  • 50,000 MWy


  • Upgrade technical training skills of Saudi powerline employees
  • Learn Live Line procedures so that company can improve customer satisfaction and increase profits without turning off electricity for maintenance and repairs
  • Elevate safety standards
  • Improve overall operational efficiency
  • Decrease dependency on foreign workers
  • Achieve independence by 2020


  • Obtain the highest calibre training firm in the industry
  • Engage EITI — Electrical Industry Training Institute Ltd. (instructors were Al Withers and Ben Berkelaar)
  • Receive a 2 week Train-the-Trainer program for 16-18 Saudi students
  • Program Content: distribution panels, energized systems, points of contact, safety concepts, protective clothing, rescue, live line, barehand and train-the-trainer. Typically programs include 50% classroom and 50% hands-on instruction (includes in the field practical application, simulated environments in the classroom, 3-D software, tools and other equipment). These programs are also typically customized based on an assessment of worker skills gaps and an assessment of equipment and operations. This program, with a focus on train-the-trainer, had a higher classroom portion.


  • Instructors encouraged regular feedback throughout the program to adjust and customize the program to the client needs.
  • The ambitious program accomplished a lot within a very short time frame.
  • Feedback from the group was universally positive.

"I would like to thank EITI for everything. The instructors were really nice, professional, and informative. We collected many new ideas and learned a lot. Thank you very, very much!"
Saudi Electricity Company