Recognising the need for students to be armed with the indispensable knowledge that most professionals take years to learn, du announced the launch of the second consecutive year of its Work Skills programme, on the first day of its participation in UAE Careers 2012. The programme is designed to equip Emiratis entering the work sphere for the first time with everything they need to be successful. du is participating at UAE Careers 2012 for the fifth year (Stand # A8-2, Hall 8, Dubai International Convention Centre).
The Work Skills programme will benefit 300 Emirati students from universities and colleges around the UAE, offering know-how in essential vocational proficiencies. Students will be invited from institutions such as the Higher Colleges of Technology for Men and Women, Zayed University, Khalifa University, the American University in Sharjah and Sharjah University, among others.
Created as part of du's Emiratisation and Corporate Social Responsibility efforts, Work Skills is a first of its kind initiative in the UAE with 120 students having graduated from the programme in 2011. Participating students undergo training to learn skills that are essential in the workplace, giving them a boost to their future careers with no obligation to du in return. Subjects taught include Interpersonal Skills, Preparation as a Job Seeker, Think on Your Feet, Power Reading Skills, Business Writing for Professionals, Business Etiquette, Problem Solving and Decision Making, Interview Techniques, Settling into a Job, Effective Team Working, Communication at the Workplace and Succeeding at Job Search and Job Interviewing.
"As a UAE company, we believe in supporting and nurturing Emirati talent. Our Work Skills programme is designed to give these students the essential experience they will need to ensure an unmatched start to their working lives," said Yaser Obaid, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, du. "The success of our programme is due to the support and feedback received from our partnerships with leading higher education organisations in the UAE, who nominate their students to take part, and due to the support we have received from reliable training partners. Together, we are committed to improving the prospects of the Emirati youth."
du's academic and training partners for the Work Skills programme include ABAMI Consultancy and Training, Executive Skills Training, International House Dubai and PROTRAINING.