Ten United Arab Emirates (UAE) nationals graduated recently from HSBC's ‘Khatwatuk Al-Ola’ or ‘Your First Steps' training program. The program has two phases, preparing candidates for entry-level positions within the bank, combines a two-weeks induction-training course with four weeks on-the-job training.
“HSBC is seen by UAE nationals as a organization that not only offers a career but also trains its employees in a wide variety of skills. We put a lot of effort in attracting and retaining the most able and promising UAE national staff,” said Azza Al-Sharhan, human resources planning and development manager at HSBC Bank Middle East.
Currently more than 28 percent of employees of HSBC Bank Middle East UAE are local nationals. Earlier this year, HSBC was again recognized as the leading foreign bank in the UAE for employment and training of nationals in the banking sector at the National Career Exhibition for banking and financial sector.
In 1999 and 2000 the bank was similarly recognized for its role in developing careers for nationals. In October 2000 the bank was named best institution for employment and development of national staff among private sector companies in the UAE by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Labor and Social Affairs Ministers' Council.
HSBC offers a number of training programs at its regional training center in Dubai for its national staff. HSBC Bank Middle East is the largest and most widely represented international bank in the Middle East with 30 branches throughout the UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Jordan, Lebanon and the Palestinian Autonomous Area, including an offshore banking unit in Bahrain.
This regional coverage is strengthened by another member of the HSBC Group HSBC Bank Egypt SAE and by its associated companies, The Saudi British Bank and British Arab Commercial Bank Limited. In addition to its Middle Eastern network, the Bank has a branch in London, UK and a representative office in Tehran, Iran.
HSBC Bank Middle East is a principal member of the HSBC Group which, with some 7,000 offices in 81 countries and territories in Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa and $746 billion in assets as at June 30, 2002, is one of the world's largest banking and financial services organizations. — (menareport.com)
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