Extensive training programme of Emiratis will be boost to domestic labour market
Abu Dhabi, UAE – 19 June 2013: The Abu Dhabi General Services Company (Musanada) organised an introductory meeting for its consultants, contractors and vendors, in order to introduce them to the Absher initiative. This initiative was recently launched and overseen by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and under the auspices and supervision of the Ministry of Presidential Affairs. Its aim is to promote the participation of UAE nationals in the domestic labour market.
The meeting was held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Abu Dhabi, in the presence of representatives from the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, and the National Human Resources Development and Employment Authority (Tanmia).
At the outset of the meeting, H.E. Mohamed Khalifa Al-Fahed Al-Mehairi, CEO of Musanada, expressed the company's keenness to provide the necessary support for the Absher initiative. The initiative is a leading national scheme aimed at providing suitable job opportunities for native jobseekers, while developing the skills and abilities of the Emirati youth. The Absher initiative is intended to mark the establishment of a new national generation, qualified and capable of entering the private sector with competence and confidence. This generation will then contribute to the march of the national economy, thus achieving economic integration within the UAE.
Al-Mehairi said, “Through this initiative, Musanada aims to create a genuine partnership, viable for both UAE national graduates and private companies that deal with Musanada. The scheme will also provide job opportunities for national jobseekers, who can take advantage of training and development programmes, and secure quality roles and appointments in major companies. They can also acquire training opportunities and promotion in the future as well as the acquisition of real skills.”
Al-Mehairi also thanked consulting firms and construction companies, as well as other businesses and organisations in the private sector, who gave their agreement to the initiative and expressed their desire to employ UAE nationals to work within their departments and divisions. This initiative will provide real job opportunities for Emiratis, enabling them to contribute to the development of their nation.
Soon after, H.E. Nasser Al Hameli, Assistant Undersecretary for Technical Affairs of the Minister at the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, and Committee Chair of Absher Initiative, gave a presentation regarding the most prominent features of the Absher Initiative. He stated: “Under the guidance of the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the initiative intends to boost the participation of UAE nationals in the private sector and also aims to provide sustainable and growing jobs which are to be occupied by Emiratis. The employment created will strengthen the presence of Emiratis in the marketplace, and promote their productivity, according to a flexible and sophisticated framework that combines the Ministry with partner organisations in the implementation of the programme.”
He added that Absher's programme for creating job opportunities for Emiratis has received a quick response from the targeted organisations, with nearly 40 memoranda of understanding having been signed with the Ministry of Presidential Affairs. Under the terms of these memoranda, the organisations have pledged to provide about 20 thousand jobs for UAE nationals in the next five years.
Al-Hamli explained that the Absher initiative supports the governmental policies, strategies and procedures within the area of Emiratisation. The initiative is concurrent with the economic growth witnessed in the UAE and the human development requirements. The Absher initiative consists of four strategic thrusts, namely the creation of job opportunities for UAE nationals, counselling and vocational guidance, training and development, and encouraging UAE nationals to join the private sector.
A group of operational sub-programmes also emerges from each strategic thrust, which seeks to achieve the desired objective of this initiative. These programmes are characterised by interdependence and integration. The four thrusts of the initiative will be implemented according to an integrated strategic framework in which the various organisations involved in the UAE labour market will be contributors. Among these will be government bodies, private sector organisations, educational institutions, and stakeholders of the rehabilitation and training of national cadres. All these organisations will work within a single common framework, in which roles and duties will be distributed in the various stages of the initiative's work, such as planning, organisation, implementation, follow-up, and evaluation.
“Some of the studies conducted in conjunction with this initiative indicate that a minimum of 10 thousand UAE nationals will enter the marketplace every year,” Al-Hamli added.
This was followed by a presentation made by Ms. Nora Al-Bdour, Director of the Employment and Skills Development Centre at Tanmia, in which she touched on the role played by Tanmia in providing the training and rehabilitation required by UAE nationals to engage with the labour market. She stated: “The vision of the Absher initiative, in collaboration with Tanmia, is to provide training services vis-à-vis hiring within the bodies collaborating within the initiative itself.”
Later, Hesham Al-Hamadi, Director of HR and Administrative Affairs, Musanada, gave a presentation on the contribution of Musanada to the Absher initiative. He said: “Musanada has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Presidential Affairs. Article I contains the contribution of Musanada in employing 500 UAE national jobseekers, both male and female, over the next five years, in order to implement the initiative of His Highness the President of the UAE, which is in accordance with the Emiratisation ratios targeted annually. This initiative is intended to achieve family and social stability for UAE nationals, and support the governmental policies and procedures followed in Emiratisation. The initiative branches out into all technical, administrative and executive jobs, according to the available vacancies, and according to the business needs of Musanada and its contractors.”
He added that Musanada, in co-ordination with the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, looks forward to appointing 500 UAE nationals during the next five years between the years 2012 and 2016, to work at both Musanada and its vendors. In order to achieve this goal, the company has prepared a questionnaire with the aim of learning more about the views of Musanada's vendors regarding the possibility of their participation in the Absher initiative. The majority of respondents have provided very positive feedback, expressing their support for this national initiative and their complete accordance with the government's efforts to find jobs for Emiratis. It was also expressed that the companies involved feel a responsibility towards UAE society, have the intention of being an integral part of it, and are generally keen to support all projects aimed at strengthening the bonds of interdependence within it.
During the meeting, an extensive debate took place among the participants about the initiative and its importance. Representatives of the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, Musanada, and Tanmia attended to all inquiries and answered all questions that were put to them by representatives of the participating companies.