His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, honoured Sharjah Islamic Bank, yesterday (Wednesday) morning, on the occasion of the announcement of Sharjah Islamic Bank as the winner in the Human Resources category of the Human Resources Development Award.
The announcement was made during a ceremony that was held on the sidelines of the opening day of the 15th National Career Exhibition in the Banking, Financial and Government Sector. The exhibition was opened at Expo Centre Sharjah, in collaboration with the Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies and Sharjah Economic Development Department, and with participation of a number of financial, banking, and government institutions and authorities from across the country.
His Highness Ruler of Sharjah honoured Saeed Al Amiri, Arhama Al Shamsi and Mohammed Yousef from Sharjah Islamic Bank in the category of Outstanding Emirati Directors in Private Sector.
HE Ahmed Saad, Deputy CEO of Sharjah Islamic Bank, received the award, and stressed on the importance of investment in national human resource development through sound planning, in harmony with the visions and directives of the UAE’s leadership, with the ultimate goal of contributing to the economic development process in the country.
Ahmed Saad said: “winning the prestigious Human Resources Development Award reflects the dedicated efforts of Sharjah Islamic Bank’s management and employees in implementing the directives of His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and Chairman of Sharjah Islamic Bank, to attract, nurture, and develop ambitious national talents, provide them with career development programmes, and spread awareness about job opportunities in this sector as well as how to achieve high levels of professionalism and efficiency in the banking sector.”
He added: “Wining this award within this category and at this particular time reflects the bank’s immediate response to the Absher initiative launched by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and to the announcement by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, that 2013 will be the year of Emiratisation. We promise our leadership to live up to this responsibility and achieve even greater results in this area in the future”.
He clarified: “The concept of Emiratisation is no longer restricted to recruitment of a national workforce, but rather to assess the value they add to the organisation and their involvement in the nation’s overall development process. Emirati candidates will be employed on the basis of their ability to do the job and will have skill development training courses to qualify them function in their positions more proficiently. We have an open door to national talents and are ready to put them in the right place”.
Sharjah Islamic Bank has attracted Emirati talents through a series of comprehensive development schemes such as Bedayati, which was designed for high school graduates, Marhaba, a mandatory development program that helps improve efficiency and skills, Massar, a roadmap that shows the professional progress, Ruwaad, which monitors the performance of Emirati employees to select outstanding performing employees to join leadership development programmes, and Tammoh which supports and sponsors Emirati staff in achieving their learning and education targets, among many more initiatives.
The aim of the Human Resources Development Award is to encourage banking and financial institutions and motivate them to adopt future policies and plans that support Emiratisation, increase the number of Emirati employees in their organisations, and to provide them with qualification and training programmes in compliance with the general trend towards development of national human resources in the banking and financial sector. Sharjah Islamic Bank’s winning came in recognition of its outstanding efforts to develop and qualify national human resources and make use of their talents and abilities in line with the bank’s missions, objectives, and strategies.