FGB announces new programmes to enhance Emiratisation

Press release
Published May 14th, 2012 - 08:02 GMT
First Gulf Bank
First Gulf Bank

First Gulf Bank (FGB), a leading UAE-based financial organisation, announced today the implementation of a range of programmes to attract more National talent to the banking sector. These new programmes will support FGB’s ongoing Emiratisation strategy and meet the bank’s new Emiratisation goals by the beginning of 2013. The bank has been a pioneer in developing programmes to achieve this goal, and has encouraged collaboration with other financial entities to devise innovative solutions and methods for raising national employment rates.

A firm believer that opportunities are only limited by one’s inhibitions, FGB’s UAE National Development Team has created a range of development programmes that provide coaching to Emiratis at different career levels and for various roles and positions. 

FGB has divided its focus into three groups: Junior Entry, Graduate Trainee and Internal. Approaches for each group have been specifically developed to address their needs. FGB will provide training on the latest practical skills available, ensuring that the knowledge obtained is useful and adaptable. Ultimately, these programmes seek to enhance national presence in the finance sector, and thereby positively contribute to the UAE’s economy in the long term.

FGB’s Nujoom programme is management trainee schemes that will fast track the careers of recent UAE National graduates in FGB. Nujoom has been custom designed and utilises a variety of different learning approaches to ensure graduates are well equipped to succeed at FGB and the broader industry.

FGB’s second new programme, AlManara, is a mentoring program aimed at providing UAE National staff with informal support from senior executives, who will share knowledge, wisdom and experience. This is a fantastic opportunity for UAE Nationals to share knowledge, approaches to work and constructive business thinking. This new approach seeks to ensure the development of the national employees and improve retention, loyalty, employee engagement and satisfaction.

FGB has also been actively reaching out to young national talent by partaking in all important career fairs in the UAE. Thus far in 2012, FGB has had a presence at the Tawdheef 2012 Recruitment Show and Career Fair Exhibition in Abu Dhabi, the National Career Exhibition 2012 in Sharjah and Careers UAE 2012 in Dubai. Representatives were present at each of these events to interact with visitors, explain the various facets of the banking and finance industry and continuously provide guidance and career advice.

“FGB is committed to providing UAE Nationals with the practical skills that will propel their careers within the organisation and the banking field. In fact, it is our aim to be the employer of choice for young Emirati talent. Therefore, our Emiratisation efforts are not just basic training programmes; they are tangible tools for success. We have created special programmes that will help local talent take advantage of the best opportunities and excel in the banking sector.  Programs such as The Rounded Thinker, Power Reading Skills and Think on Your Feet are some examples of our many initiatives, Ayadh Farooq, Head of National Development at FGB, said.

Farooq added: “We have many in-house success stories across the organisation that serve as a true testament to the support and guidance we provide to our National employees. We are proud to have many Emirati employees who now hold senior positions at FGB.”

In 2011, FGB led a first-of-its-kind initiative to truly understand the challenges facing Emiratisation efforts. The Bank hosted a series of meetings with prominent banks in the UAE to shed light on key successes and challenges facing their respective Emiratisation programmes. As a result of these meetings, FGB concluded there was a critical need to retain the right people; provide mentors for new recruits; provide career advancement tools; conduct regular appraisals; and form methods for acknowledging successes. The group also set benchmarks and measures for employing UAE Nationals in different positions and divisions and developed new strategies based on their findings.   

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