Emirati Workforce Needs Skills to be Competitive

ABU DHABI — People in the UAE labour market, particularly Emiratis, require skills to be competitive, well-trained and fairly appointed to face the changes in the world economy, a senior human resources advisor has said.

By Ahmed Abdul Aziz

Published: Thu 30 Apr 2009, 10:19 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 1:25 AM

Dr Gene Crozier, Advisor of Abu Dhabi University Knowledge Group (ADUKG), said at the Emiritisation Forum 2009, which concluded in the capital on Tuesday, that investing in local talent involves great effort and ultimately should link to the results to achieve the goals for ‘Emiritisation’.

“To achieve this, you will need to assess the potential of Emirati candidates accurately and fairly, and in so doing, identify the ways in which they can best contribute to both your and their future success,” added Dr Crozier.

He was addressing a workshop for nationals and organisations to achieve best results, and guide them through the increasingly crowded ‘Market Assessment’ safely.

He presented new test methods and materials offering quick routes to easy decisions. There are thousands of tests available in English. Almost all the tests and materials were originally designed to assess individuals with very different educational and cultural backgrounds.

In addition to the training, the Psychometric Assessment or ‘Measurement of Mind’ indentifies the nationals’ talents. “Psychometric assessment can measure an individual’s abilities and/or characteristics,” said Dr Crozier.

Statistical techniques are used to compare an individual’s scores or responses with a sample population to identify individual differences.

According to him, the psychometric assessments can be a very useful and convenient method of achieving the objectivity and accuracy (when correctly administered); obtaining new information not available from any other source; can predict likely future performance and productivity; can identify new skills; can reduce the costs of not being informed when taking selection and development decisions.


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