'Large number of nationals seeking meaningful work'

ABU DHABI — A significant number of UAE nationals aged between 16 and 24 are currently seeking meaningful work, despite the rapid economic growth of the country, Omar Saif Ghobash, Deputy CEO of the UAE Emirates Foundation, has said.

By Ahmed Nour

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Published: Thu 15 Feb 2007, 9:48 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 2:32 AM

Ghobash was addressing a Press conference yesterday to announce the launch of the Tawteen "Localisation Programme". The inaugural Tawteen symposium is slated in Abu Dhabi on February 27 and 28.

Ghobash said private sector companies were keen to employ a greater number of UAE nationals, but they were finding it difficult to locate and retain sufficiently qualified or motivated candidates.

Although many young nationals are scouting for careers in the private sector, UAE companies still face a skills shortage due to a disconnect between the requirements of the private sector and the skill-sets available. The Tawteen Programme will address this discrepancy in a constructive and proactive manner, Ghobash asserted.

The Tawteen Programme, in fact, is a long-term strategic initiative of the foundation designed to address persisting social and cultural obstacles to meaningful careers and self-development in the emirates as well as the entire Arab World, Ghobash said.

Tawteen will work closely with the Emirates National Development Programme, the Abu Dhabi Emiratisation Council, Young Arab Leaders and similar bodies to encourage participation of nationals in the private sector.

Ghobash added that the programme aimed at motivating and equipping young people with the right workplace skills.

The Emirates Foundation is organising the symposium in partnership with the Middle East Association (MEA) and Compass Rose International, both based in the UK.

Ghobash said over 200 participants had been invited to Abu Dhabi's Tawteen symposium from all across the GCC countries, as well countries in North Africa and East Africa. Representatives from government, education, business and civil community sectors are likely to take part in the symposium.

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