Emirates Steel signs deal with training centre
Abu Dhabi, May 6, 2010
Emirates Steel has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Vocational Education Development Centre (VEDC) to provide career development opportunities for UAE national students.
VEDC, a leading provider of integrated curriculum for academic and vocational studies in Abu Dhabi, is special project under the umbrella of the Institute of Applied Technology.
The MoU establishes a clear framework for a strategic partnership between the two entities.
Signed by Hussain J Al Nowais, chairman of Emirates Steel, and Hussein Al Hammadi, chairman of IAT’s Board of Trustees, the MoU emphasises the commitment to Emiratisation and development of young UAE Nationals by both organizations.
As part of the MoU, Emirates Steel has agreed to initially sponsor 20 VEDC students and provide them with employment opportunities once they graduate in June 2010. According to the MoU, Emirates Steel will sponsor, and later on recruit, between 20 and 40 VEDC graduates annually.
On the sidelines of the MoU signing, Emirates Steel also announced that 24 young UAE nationals from VEDC have begun a Work Placement Program (WPP).
The six-week internship offers graduating students first-hand experience of the working world and prepares them for the first steps in their careers.
Commenting on the MoU and WPP, Al Nowais said: “At Emirates Steel, we are committed to developing and strengthening the Emirati workforce and to the realisation of Vision 2030’s ambitious Emiratization strategy.”
As part of the MoU, VEDC will design and implement a special curriculum that meets the needs and requirements of Emirates Steel’s UAE national students’ scholarship program.
Sponsored students will undergo a rigorous job orientation program at Emirates Steel for two weeks at the end of every semester as part of this curriculum. Based on its manpower plans and strategies, Emirates Steel will only sponsor VEDC students in such disciplines as mechanical maintenance, electrical maintenance, electronics/instrumentation maintenance and operations technology.
Al Hammadi said, “Our graduates are the source of our pride and one of the major contributors to the success and development of our national economy and society. “ – TradeArabia News Service