Tawazun Continues Its Seeds Program Through Virtual Internships

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Published June 29th, 2020 - 11:07 GMT
Tawazun Continues Its Seeds Program Through Virtual Internships
Ahsan Ahmed, the Director of Lockheed Martin Centre for Innovation and Security Solutions (CISS) engages with students in a virtual internship session.

Tawazun Economic Council (Tawazun) has unveiled an innovative virtual training solution through its partnership with six defense and aerospace companies and four universities in order to ensure continuance of the SEEDS (Sustain and Enhance Emiratization in Defense and Security) program by creating virtual internships.

60 UAE national engineering students benefit from the program that enables them to complete their summer industrial training at major defense companies. This allows Tawazun to ensure the continuity of the program amid the recent Covid-19 situation. Six defense and aerospace contractors, including Lockheed Martin, Thales, Nexter Systems, CAE, Diehl Group and Naval Group continue as SEEDS partners even though the students were unable to be physically present at the individual company’s facilities.

The engineering students currently attend Khalifa University, UAE University, Abu Dhabi Polytechnic and Higher College of Technology. All are required to complete an internship with a reputable company in an engineering-related field in order to complete their respective degree programs. 

Training plans were presented by each defense company to the universities, in order to get the necessary approvals, based on their requirements. The candidates then went through a selection process for the positions.

Now instead of a physical internship, each selected student will be participating in an innovative virtual engineering internship. The engineering majors of the interns include the following subjects; Communication Science, Computer Science, Software Development, Cyber Security, Mechanical, Electrical, Aerospace and Electro-mechanical engineering.

The SEEDS program was launched in February 2019 as one of the new pillars of Tawazun Economic Council’s policy framework. Under SEEDS, Emirati nationals at senior and mid-management levels, as well as fresh graduates of various specialties are given an opportunity to work closely with the world’s top defense and aerospace manufacturers and develop their skillsets. The SEEDS program enables future UAE engineers to gain exposure and access to a protected industry. 

“A key priority is to build on the knowledge and innovation-based economy within the UAE, by supporting the growth and development of our national engineering students.” said Matar Ali Al Romaithi, Chief Economic Development Officer of Tawazun.

“We are pleased to be able to work with our partners in such a creative way. Our students will continue to have access to valuable internships that will lead to their future employment, both benefitting themselves and the UAE defense and security industry as a whole”.

SEEDS offers international defense companies the opportunity to participate in value-driven capability development and job placement programs for UAE nationals. The virtual internships ensure the continued collaboration between Tawazun and international defense companies despite the Covid-19 situation.

“The SEEDS program could not have been so successful without our Partners”, added Matar Ali Al Romaithi, “It is through their assistance that we can continue to identify critical capabilities and support the development of the Defense and Security Sector by building national competencies and skills and providing trained and qualified Emirati resources and expertise.”

Background Information

Tawazun Holding

Tawazun Economic Council was founded in 1992 to fulfil a vision of comprehensive and sustainable economic and social development within the UAE.

Since its establishment, the Council enabled creation of more than 90 companies and investment vehicles, covering 11 sectors, including defense manufacturing. These companies play a vital role in boosting economic growth in the UAE.

The Council envisions maximizing economic benefits by providing the needed inputs for the industrial development, supervising relevant acquisition programs, driving necessary industry regulations and contribution to economic diversification. It also targets contribution to enhancing UAE’s industrial stature, to achieving a robust knowledge-based economy and to boosting the flow of Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs)

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