S.S. Lootah Group has announced its partnership with Tanmia, the National Human Resource Development and Employment Authority by sponsoring training courses in International Computer Driving License (ICDL) and English language offered to UAE National jobseekers registered in Tanmia’s database. The second level of this training program entitles select jobseekers to undergo a training session on management and commerce.
Tanmia will provide English language courses to National jobseekers depending on their competency, while another batch will be provided with ICDL training. On the completion of these two courses, which will commence on August 1, 2005, Tanmia will select the best performing jobseekers from the two groups and provide them training on management and commerce.
“We are glad that a large number of companies especially from the private sector have recognised the importance of supporting Tanmia’s initiatives and the Emiratisation drive in the UAE. We highly appreciate this initiative by the S.S. Lootah Group, which not only will result in the training of National jobseekers in key skills, but will also set an example for more companies in the UAE to follow,” said Marwan Al Sawaleh, Acting Director General and Director of the Employment and Skills Development Center, Tanmia.
One the other hand, Hajj Saeed Bin Ahmad, Chairman of S. S. Lootah said: “The Institute of Islamic Information and Education represents the educational arm of the group. It includes Dubai Medical College for Girls, Dubai Pharmacy College, Dubai Specialized Medical Center & Medical Research Laboratories, the Islamic School for Training and Education and the technical institute. We recently carried out the licensing procedure for World Al Lootah University of Communication, which is based on remote virtual web learning. On a general basis, the group pays special attention for improving the educational sector in the country and reinforcing the expertise of the young nationals”.
The jobseekers selected for the training by Tanmia comprise a balanced mix of Nationals with varying educational backgrounds. As a prerequisite for the training, these jobseekers are expected to have basic skills in the use of computers and the internet and the ability to read, write and speak English and Arabic.
“The number of National jobseekers registered in the Tanmia database has been increasing steadily, which puts an emphasis on the need to enhance their basic skills in English language and computers. Tanmia is also focussing on providing training to National jobseekers on important areas such as management and commerce to ensure the all round development of the jobseekers. This training will greatly benefit them by improving their problem solving and planning skills as well,” added Al Sawaleh.
S. S. Lootah Group was founded in 1956 and today has over 6000 employees. The Institute of Islamic Information and Education and its subsidiaries are regarded as an educational, informational and training services center in the country, which is supervised by Hajj Saeed Lootah personally. Hajj himself is regarded as on of the prominent personalities who actively contributed to the educational and economic sectors in the UAE. The group includes a number of non profit educational institutes and successful businesses that comprise consumer brands such as “Islamic Co-Op” products, in addition to many leading companies in various fields such as construction, building materials, pre-casts, real estate, engineering consultancy and general trade. Further, the Dubai Islamic Bank is the first Islamic bank in the world, set up as per the vision of Hajj Ahmad Lootah.
Tanmia, the National Human Resource Development & Employment Authority in the UAE, was established by a Presidential decree in November 1999, to address the imbalance in the labour market, due to excessive dependence on expatriate workforce. Tanmia is engaged in a coordinating role, between national job seekers and employers in the private and government sectors, to facilitate increased entry of nationals in the labour market. The responsibilities that rest with the Authority are: to set up the overall policy of the Authority and supervise its implementation, conduct sustained operational and administrative labour market studies and analysis, provide career counseling and guidance to the national work force, follow-up and evaluate employment of nationals in public and private sectors, support small investment enterprises through the establishment of self-employment projects for national human resources and develop programmes for training and qualifying nationals seeking employment, in conformity with the labour market needs.
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