Emirati Talent Competitiveness Council launches initiatives on upskilling programmes

Emirati Talent Competitiveness Council launches initiatives on upskilling programmes

DUBAI, 29th March, 2022 (WAM) -- The Emirati Talent Competitiveness Council (ETCC) and NAFIS, the federal programme that facilitates employment opportunities for nationals in the private sector, launched four new initiatives designed to provide candidates with a rigorous learning experience focused on technical training and soft skills development.

"Providing the next generation of emerging professionals with the right opportunity to grow from renowned industry leaders is hugely exciting and pivotal to building a knowledge-based economy. We have worked with several entities to develop quality initiatives that support career ambitions and foster professional development. We highly appreciate our partners’ efforts and their active contribution to achieving the councils’ goals and creating a legacy of knowledge," said Ghannam Al Mazrouei, Secretary-General of the ETCC.

Hamad Sayah Al Mazrouei, COO of ADGM and Managing Director of ADGM Academy (ADGMA), stated, "The ADGMA and the ETCC worked together to establish various placement-based programmes. These programmes are geared towards supporting national job seekers to have the necessary skills and competencies to meet the needs of the private sector.

Today, we are proud to launch ADGMA series of flagship Programmes on our NAFIS platform. This user-friendly and state-of-art learning platform will allow our learners to further develop unique skillsets for present and future jobs.

Dr. Mohamed Baka, CEO of the Centre for Excellence for Applied Research and Training (CERT), expressed the centre’s keenness to share its experience and accomplishments to support the Emiratisation process and fulfil the aspirations of the leadership to qualify and provide nationals with the most relevant skills to meet the market needs.

The first initiative announced is the "Talent Programme", which provides development opportunities through internationally accredited courses, training and certifications. This initiative will be overseen by two of NAFIS’ partners, Abu Dhabi Global Market Academy (ADGMA) and the Centre for Excellence for Applied Research and Training (CERT) - the commercial, research and training arm of the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT).

The second initiative, the "National Healthcare Programme", will upskill 10,000 nationals in nursing and healthcare via paid scholarships. This will be overseen by the Fatima College of Health Sciences and includes four fellowship programmes: the Graduate Healthcare Assistance Programme, the Diploma/Higher Diploma in Emergency Medicine, and the Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.

Other initiatives announced include the "Apprentice Programme", which provides training and professional development opportunities within the private and semi-government sectors, with financial rewards for 12 months.

The final initiative, the "Vocational Counselling Programme", by the Federal Youth Authority provides UAE nationals with access to career coaching and counselling services that help Emiratis discover their skills, opportunities and career paths.