Sultan Al Sabri, Vice President Human Resources & Organisation Effectiveness
Reflecting the continuing corporate commitment to increase Emiratization levels in the organisation, Dubai Aluminium (DUBAL) will again participate in the 13th annual Careers Show Exhibition (Careers UAE), which takes place at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre from 30 April to 2 May 2013. The event — which provides a platform for UAE Nationals with qualifications in diverse fields of expertise to meet directly with recruiters and hiring managers; as well as to seek out various training and career opportunities — also presents a valuable opportunity to raise the corporate profile of DUBAL and attract the interest of high calibre candidates for recruitment.
Reinforcing the company’s acknowledged status as the UAE’s industrial flagship and a preferred employer in the region, DUBAL will have a large exhibition stand, where aspirant young UAE Nationals can obtain detailed information about the company and the career opportunities offered. As in previous years, there will be computers on the stand, allowing job-seekers to register their interest in DUBAL and submit their respective resumés for consideration. The information will be captured directly into DUBAL’s database, from where it will be used to identify potential talent by specifying organisational requirements according to age group, background, qualifications and skills. Moreover, job-seekers can meet directly with representatives of DUBAL Human Resources department at the exhibition stand.
To be in line with the vision of H H Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum (Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE Minister of Finance, and Chairman of DUBAL), Emiratization strategies and policies have been established in DUBAL, with the support of the top management, to ensure that Nationals are developed to take on challenging roles with increased responsibilities within the organization. DUBAL Human Resources department has adopted H H Sheikh Hamdan’s vision and executed various strategies and tactics to attract talented Nationals and modes to retain them. “We hope to entice young UAE Nationals to apply for employment at DUBAL, where they will benefit from the career growth opportunities offered by our ongoing industrial journey. Accordingly, the information will be captured directly into our database, which we use to identify potential talent by specifying our organizational requirements according to age group, background, qualifications and skills,” explains Sultan Al Sabri (Vice President Human Resources & Organisation Effectiveness). “In 2012, the DUBAL stand at Careers UAE attracted almost 2,000 visitors, the majority of who submitted their resumés in the hopes of obtaining employment. This enabled us to recruit 120 UAE Nationals during the course of the year. We are confident of attracting even more applications this year.”
Al Sabri adds that DUBAL is a regular and active participant at the annual Careers UAE exhibition. “The show is integral component to the activities undertaken by our National Programmes & Development department, where the primary objective is to increase the number of competent UAE Nationals in DUBAL,” he says. “This is fulfilled through targeted recruitment, training, professional development and active succession planning. In fact, DUBAL uniquely offers skills development, training and employment opportunities to UAE Nationals at all levels in the secondary and tertiary education spectrum.”
The targeted opportunities include numerous training and career development programmes for UAE Nationals, including pre-employment courses in several disciplines, a work placement programme for tertiary students, a comprehensive graduate training programme, a scholarship scheme and a development pool that aids in career growth and succession planning. “Dynamic career opportunities are offered in various areas of expertise, giving UAE Nationals — whether school leavers, diploma-holders or university graduates (holders of higher diplomas, bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees) — abundant personal choices across the full employment spectrum,” explains Al Sabri. “Emphasis is generally placed on engineering, business administration, marketing, information technology, human resources and accounting/finance.”