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Abu Dhabi expo focus on advanced training

Abu Dhabi, December 22, 2013

The importance of occupational education in developing local talent and enhancing expertise at the workplace will be the focus of an upcoming exhibition in Abu Dhabi.

The inaugural TOFE (Technical, Occupational and Further Education), an advanced training and professional development exhibition, will run from January 29 to 31, 2014 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center.

Organised by International Conferences and Exhibitions (IC&E), a major international exhibition house in the region, TOFE will feature an array of professional certification options ranging from business and accountancy, engineering, medicine, nursing, arts & photography and filmmaking, among others, making it easier for students to choose from available courses being offered by prestigious institutions.

With employability criteria rapidly evolving and skill shortages still present within the UAE job market, technical and occupational education has become highly significant in providing Emirati and expatriate job seekers with competitive advantages.

Dubai’s successful World Expo 2020 bid is expected to create an estimated 220,000 jobs for the country, making the need for industry-ready training more relevant. Abu Dhabi alone is likely to generate more than 600,000 new jobs over the next decade based on a projected 7-9 per cent annual economic growth rate.

Anselm Godinho, managing director, IC&E, said: “Competition is fierce in the UAE job market with fresh graduates increasingly feeling the pressure of securing employment to match their qualifications. Even Emirati graduates are struggling to secure suitable jobs in the private sector. The status quo calls for acquiring additional skills such as technical qualification or specialization in occupational studies to excel professionally.”

“TOFE will be an excellent platform to offer students’ career-oriented courses and young working professionals the opportunity to review specialized degrees, training programmes and certifications available which can add value to their existing skills and qualifications in the job market. We are hopeful of garnering a positive response for our debut edition of the event,” concluded Godinho.

More than 8,000 visitors from across the Middle East are expected to attend the exhibition, a statement said. – TradeArabia News Service




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