Marwan Al Sawaleh, General Manager, Human Resources
Reflecting a corporate commitment to increase Emiratization levels in the organisation, Dubai Aluminium Company Limited (DUBAL) will again participate in the 11th annual Careers Show Exhibition (Careers UAE 2011), which takes place at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre from 21 to 23 March 2011. 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 — provides 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 an employer of choice 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 company’s exhibition stand.
To be in line with the vision of HH 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 by 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 HH 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 organisational requirements according to age group, background, qualifications and skills,” explains Marwan Al Sawaleh, General Manager, Human Resources. “In 2010, the DUBAL stand at Careers UAE attracted more than 2,300 visitors, the majority of who submitted their resumés in the hopes of obtaining employment. This enabled us to recruit several UAE Nationals during the course of the year. We are confident of attracting even more applications this year.”
Al Sawaleh 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 Sawaleh. “Emphasis is generally placed on engineering, business administration, marketing, information technology, human resources and accounting/finance.”