Leaders of Tomorrow is an initiative launched by GPCA and supported by its members and aims at building the local human capital in the region. The initiative falls under one of the three pillars of the association which is advocacy by promoting STEM and bridging the gap between academia and the industry. Leaders of Tomorrow is considered as the first official collective step where industry stakeholders collaborate in shaping skills and preparing the future industry leaders with the required skills set.
The initiative will consist of a year round program where GPCA member companies will be sponsoring students to attend the GPCA yearly conferences. Each conference will cater to the participating students by encompassing an element of the initiative in the form of a seminar, workshop, roundtable and site visit. The main goals of these activities are to provide the students opportunities to learn more about industry trends and will give an overview of the skill set that are required to face new challenges. It will also support member companies with the local talent acquisition process.
Each edition will provide a certain focus on key topics/theme. The first edition is powered by Dow Chemical and will include an introduction to the chemical industry and its important place in the regional economy. It will highlight the attractiveness of a career in the chemical industry and the opportunities for the future. It will give the students a foundation in what factors drive the chemical industry, its future direction and how it can help meet economic and societal challenges. In addition to that, the Annual GPCA Forum offers significant networking opportunities.
Inspiring young people’s participation in science and technology.
Broad-based support is becoming critical to address the need to fill science, technology, education and math (STEM) jobs that drive innovation in the Arabian Gulf countries. Many of these jobs go unfilled because of both the lack of awareness of the kinds of high-tech jobs available, and the lack of skills to qualify for today’s needs”.
“Through technology and people, we at GPCA are helping to inspire the next generation of GCC innovators to fill the talent pipeline for our customers and for our industry”.