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Philips to launch internship programme

Abu Dhabi, September 19, 2011

Royal Philips Electronics will launch an internship programme to develop the skills of young job-seekers at an upcoming education, training and careers fair in Abu Dhabi.

Najah is taking place from October 18 to 20 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

Philips will roll out the new internship programme at Najah, where it will recruit ten interns as well as seek a further 30 candidates to place in full-time positions across their Middle East offices.

The company will also be simultaneously launching the Philips career website for the region at the event.

A recent study by Booz & Company has shown that a primary concern among today’s youth as they enter the job market is their lack of professional work experience – an issue that Philips’ internship programme is designed to address.

“Philips’ internships are developed to give students and graduates an opportunity to gain qualified work experience in our healthcare, lifestyle and lighting business, prior to their entry into the professional marketplace”, said Harjit Gill, chairman of Philips Middle East.

“The ‘Philips Internship Programme’ offers excellent opportunities and exposes graduates to international experiences and foreign assignments within our different offices around the region, and possible employment opportunities upon the completion of their internship period."

The new Philips Internship Programme varies in length, ranging from three months to one year, taking in 40 interns per year across the Middle East.  The first batch of interns began in August 2011 and the second intake, which the company hopes to fulfil at Najah, will begin in January 2012.

“Philips’ objective at Najah is to identify young talented individuals, who are keen to develop their careers within multinational organisations, and are ready to be coached and trained to fill future positions within Philips,” added Gill.

“Interns will be placed primarily in the marketing and finance functions across all our three businesses.  We will also offer administration and project-based internships as and when the need arises.”

Alongside Philips, a number of companies from a broad range of industries will be at Najah to seek graduates including the Presidential Guard, the Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD), Mubadala, Schlumberger, Etihad and ABB Industries, among others.

“Graduates looking for career opportunities in their desired field, whether in oil and gas, engineering, media and communications, aviation, healthcare, or financial services will have the ideal platform with which to explore their future,” said Khurram Saeed, exhibition director for Najah.

More than 17,000 visitors attended Najah in 2010, representing an increase of 64 per cent from the previous year.

Of these visitors 80 per cent were UAE Nationals, the vast majority either school-leavers or recent graduates who came to explore future opportunities in education and career advancement from more than 120 universities, training institutions, and employing organisations.

A new addition for 2011 are the dedicated career workshops, where industry professionals will address visitors with information and inspiration to help them make better decisions on their education or career path. – TradeArabia News Service




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