Suaad Al Shammari, Emiratisation Manager at NBAD
The National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD), the Number One Bank in the UAE, will participate in the National Career Exhibition to be held March 5th to 7th at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
NBAD has successfully increased Emiratisation from 30% in 2008 to 39% by end of 2011 and aims to recruit 200 UAE nationals in 2012.
“The National Career Exhibition allows us to meet face-to-face with eager job seekers and explain career development opportunities offered for UAE nationals” says Ehab Anis Hassan, the Group Chief Human Resources Officer at NBAD. “As a leading financial institute we strongly believe in our role in developing the UAE economy; hence we seek to equip national manpower with the necessary knowledge and skills to prepare future leaders.”
In recognition of its achievements, NBAD has won a number of awards and recognitions for its Emiratisation programmes and record. Michael H. Tomalin, the Group Chief Executive of NBAD, won the Best Emiratisation CEO award in Banking Sector from Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial studies in 2011 and 2009. NBAD won the Human Resources Development Award in Banking Sector for 2008 for its successful Emiratisation programmes, the second year in the row NBAD has won this prestigious Award.
“Our Emiratisation strategy goes beyond recruiting nationals; we have developed programmes to allow UAE nationals to grow within NBAD,” says Mr. Hassan.
NBAD has launched several Emiratisation programme which aim to develop and maximise the potentials of UAE nationals.
Recently, NBAD launched Tomouh programme 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 Mustaqbali programme. The UAE nationals in these programmes are guaranteed internship and recruitment upon graduation.
Under the AFAQ Management trainee Programme, NBAD recruits recent university graduates who exhibited great motivation and the potential to grow into future leaders. The recruits complete 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 Al-Sadara programme where they can earn a professional diploma in banking and finance and gain work experience simultaneously.
In addition, NBAD offers high school graduates the chance to pursue a career path at branches or departments while availing to them excellent training at NBAD Academy through enrolling them to Al-Bedaya programme. Successfully completing 12 months, Al-Bedaya programme trainees will gain associate degree in banking and finance from Higher Colleges of Technology.
“The Bank is expanding very fast and to keep up with the continuous growth we need to hire more people,” says Suaad Al Shammari, the Emiratisation Manager at NBAD. “This year we aim to recruit over 200 UAE nationals.
NBAD has recently participated in Tawdeef Career Fair in Abu Dhabi and National Career Exhibition in Sharjah.