DTCM taps nationals for booming tourism sector

DUBAI - Following the successful conclusion of the Career Development Summer Programme (CDSP) for the young UAE female nationals seeking to enter emirate’s booming tourism sector, the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) launched a similar programme for the young UAE male job-seekers.

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Published: Mon 2 Aug 2004, 10:31 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:09 PM

Being held for the third consecutive year, the programme got underway on July 31 in line with the Emiratisation Task Force for Tourism’s agenda to attract more qualified and skilled nationals into the emirate’s booming hospitality industry.

The four-week programme for men will run until August 25 while the women’s equal-duration programme which attracted participation from 45 UAE National females concluded on July 28 after a four-week run. The DTCM Director Operations and Marketing, Mohammed Khamis bin Hareb, said: “The CDSP’s purpose is to give an understanding to the UAE nationals about the hospitality and tourism industry in order to help them decide the career. The programme for women was a great success with most of them looking forward to a career in the tourism and hospitality industry.”

The CDSP Orientation Day for men was held at the Emirates Academy for Hospitality Management (EAHM) on July 31 with officials from the DTCM, National Human Resources Development and Employment Authority (Tanmia) and industry experts addressing the enthusiastic participants.

During the first week, the participants will have the opportunity to learn about hospitality industry, the working of hotels, travel agency and tour management, air ticketing and hotel bookings. They will also have the chance to listen and meet the UAE nationals working in the local hotel establishments.

The goal of the 2004 CDSP is to prepare the UAE national full-time job-seekers with the skills, abilities, and knowledge necessary to make good career choices and to be productive in their careers, he added.

Mr Mohammrd Khamis said they will have the opportunity to gain insights into the private sector of the tourism and hospitality industry and make them aware of the career opportunities available to them within the industry.

All the employers offering work placements during the CDSP are looking to recruit UAE nationals.

The participants will be provided core job skills training, work-based assignments, customer contact skills, communicating in the workplace, job search skills, writing CVs and how to face the job interviews.

A Job Screening Day will be held at the EAHM on August 25 where the employment screening of all CDSP participants and referrals to relevant hotels and tour operators will be carried out.

The participants will be taken on a conducted tour of Dubai’s landmark hotels, including Burj Al Arab, and travel industry establishments like Emirates airline and Dnata.

Hospitality industry specialists will offer inspirational lecture to the participants. The participants will be provided training allowance by the organisations offering them work placements.

DTCM officials are confident that the CDSP will have positive outcomes in the long run as it addresses the unique needs and aspirations of the UAE nationals.

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