Obaid Al Shamsi, Chief of Human Resources, Dubai Islamic Bank
Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB) has welcomed the second and third batch of participants for the ‘Masrafi’ programme, following the successful completion of the first round of the initiative earlier this year. The ‘Masrafi’ programme was developed by the Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies (EIBFS) in partnership with The National Human Resource Development and Employment Authority (TANMIA). The six-month training programme supports the UAE’s Emiratization initiatives by providing training to UAE National graduates from both genders who have recently joined the bank to build a career in the banking industry.
The 27 members of the programme will participate in rigorous theoretical training courses for two months at DIB’s Learning and Development Centre, getting in-depth exposure to the bank’s products, as well as participating in behavioural and technical training exercises. This is followed by four months of on-job training at DIB’s branches across the UAE, where the participants are coached and mentored in the bank’s internal processes.
Commenting on the programme, Obaid Al Shamsi, Chief of Human Resources, Dubai Islamic Bank, said: “DIB has always been a proud supporter of Emiratization initiatives. We fully support the Government’s announcement of 2013 as the year of Emiratisation with a focus to secure jobs for UAE nationals in both the private and public sector through the recently-launched ‘Absher’ initiative. The ‘Masrafi’ programme has helped ambitious local graduates establish a career in the financial services industry, and we aim to continue these efforts to ensure that the bedrock of our economy is built with solid local foundations in place.”
Speaking at the commencement of the training programme, Ahmed Bader Al Shamsi, a participant in the ‘Masrafi’ initiative, said: “I want to thank the bank for offering us this invaluable opportunity to develop our skills in the financial services industry. Through the various theoretical and technical exercises, we will be able to gain a thorough understanding of the various concepts of Islamic finance and develop the right skills and market knowledge necessary to start our careers in banking.”
The bank has invested in a number of training programmes that provide structured coaching and on-the-job training to employees, and have helped grow the bank’s Emiratisation ratio to an industry-leading standard of 46 per cent. In recognition of their commitment to the development and nurturing of local talent, DIB won the Dubai Human Development Award at the 18th Business Excellence Awards and received the Human Resources Award from EIBFS.