The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development (MHRSD) is set to launch phase one of the Skill Verification Programme (SVP), the agencies said. The initial phase will be launched in the capital city and commercial capital, New Delhi and Mumbai.
Five professions are selected for skill testing in the initial phase including plumber, electrician, welder, automobile electrician and refrigeration/air conditioning technician.
Practical and written tests of skilled workers will be carried out under the programme based on which they can apply for a Saudi work visa.
The initiative comes alongside efforts to improve the professional competence of skilled workers in the Saudi market as well as enhance productivity and reduce the inflow of unqualified workers.
This move is followed by the launch of the first phase of the SVP in Pakistan which took place in September. 12 examination centres were established to test the practical and written skills of Pakistani workers before they applied for a Saudi work visa.