Ehab Hassan, Group Chief Human Resources Officer& Senior Managing Director at NBAD
The National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) participates in National Career Exhibition at Expo Centre Sharjah from 19th to 21st February as part of its Emiratisation drive to attract and develop the skills of UAE nationals.
“NBAD is committed to support government’s emiratisation efforts and to partake in main career fairs across the country,” said Ehab Hassan, Group Chief Human Resources Officer & Senior Managing Director at NBAD. “Career fairs offer exclusive access to a pool of talented UAE nationals from different fields with skills most sought after by employers. Our participation in National Career Exhibitions is aligned with government efforts to strengthen the UAE National workforce and our mission to attract and develop exceptional and diverse talent.”
“This year, we plan to recruit over 100 UAE nationals,” He added.
During the career fair, NBAD will offer onsite interviews to the candidates. It will also bring representatives from different divisions to give insight into division and career opportunities.
“NBAD offers numerous training and career opportunities for fresh graduates and experienced professionals who are interested in building a successful career at the UAE’s leading financial institute,” said Amani Al Khaledi, Head of Emiratisation at NBAD.
NBAD has launched several initiatives to develop and maximise the potential of UAE nationals in different stages. For instance, under the AFAQ Management trainee Programme, NBAD sponsors a Master’s degree in Finance by recruiting fresh university graduates who exhibit great motivation and the potential to grow into future leaders.
The recruits complete a post graduate certificate which is equivalent to half of the Master's requirement in the first year by studying fulltime at the academy. During this period, they receive full employment salary. After the first year, AFAQ recruits are assigned to their permanent position. While they work fulltime, they continue studying part-time toward the completion of the Master's Degree.
The Bank also offers UAE national staff the Al Sadara program where they can study for a Masters in International Business and gain work experience simultaneously.
In addition, NBAD offers high school graduates the chance to pursue a career path at branches or departments while offering to them excellent training at NBAD Academy through enrolling them to the Al Bedaya programme. After successfully completing 12 months, Al- Bedaya program trainees will gain associate degree in banking and finance.
In 2011, NBAD launched Tomouh to sponsor young UAE nationals who demonstrate exceptional academic achievements to pursue bachelor degrees at prestigious international universities. The Bank also sponsors enrolled university students by paying a monthly allowance through their Mustaqbali programme. The UAE nationals in these programmes are guaranteed internship and recruitment upon graduation.
“Our Emiratisation initiatives are designed to equip youth with
the knowledge and develops their skills to meet the market demand for qualified Emiratis,” explained Ms. Amani Al Khaledi.
In recognition of its achievements, NBAD has won a number of awards and accolades for its Emiratization programs. The Bank has won the Human Resources Development Award in Banking Sector in 2004 and 2009; and Michael H. Tomalin, NBAD’s former Group Chief Executive,
has won the Best Emiratisation CEO Award from Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies (EIBFS) in 2010 and 2012.