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A new training and employment programme has been launched by the developer and operator of the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) national railway, Etihad Rail.
Contractors and joint venture partners working on the Design and Build elements of Stage Two of the Pan-Emirates railway network will train and hire 50 qualified UAE nationals – a Bachelor’s in Engineering is required – in various disciplines and fields within the industry. The programme will span three years and provide participants with global certification on completion.
Etihad Rail‘s Chief Corporate Support Officer, Saeed Al Ahbabi, said: “We are very proud to be opening up 50 additional job opportunities to Emirati employees through our local partners, in line with the directives of our Chairman. As of today, approximately 80 per cent of our higher management structure is Emirati. Now that Stage Two of the national project is underway, we shall be recruiting from across all seven Emirates and the training, followed by suitable employment, will equip each one of them technically and professionally to facilitate their growth, enabling them to become leading proponents of the transport and infrastructure industry.”
The programme is part of the company’s continuous commitment to support Emiratisation – an initiative by the government of the United Arab Emirates to employ its citizens in a meaningful and efficient manner within the public and private sectors. This is achieved by: continuing to create jobs and provide the necessary training; introducing development programmes and vocational guidance as a way of encouraging employment among citizens; boosting their opportunities in the job market; and empowering them to make a significant contribution to the UAE economy.
Al Ahbabi continued: “The main goal of the programme is to provide UAE national engineers with the necessary experience to implement strategic projects. It complements Etihad Rail’s existing employment, training and development strategies to recruit and develop UAE Nationals, ensuring that they become the leaders of tomorrow. Further opportunities and initiatives in support of Emiratisation will be introduced in the future as the national railway project progresses.”
This article first appeared on www.globalrailwayreview.com
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