Nationals development plan is a huge success

DUBAI — Within 15 days of its launch, the Emirates Nationals Development Programme (ENDP) recruitment initiative of booths and online registrations has received a 70 per cent response rate.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Tue 4 Jul 2006, 9:55 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:07 PM

Out of 2,000 job vacancies, the ENDP received about 900 online applications and over 500 shopping malls booth registrations, totalling 1,400 responses. Prior to this, the ENDP had only received 300 applications.

Ahmed Humaid Al Tayer, Chairman of the ENDP, who spoke to reporters yesterday at the Mall of the Emirates booth regarding the new efforts, said that the ENDP will be working closely with the private sector to find jobs for those unemployed. In addition to discussions with the ENDP, private sector representatives, are given forums to discuss their training needs and qualification profiles for job vacancies.

"We have to build the base for the UAE nationals to match the foundation that these corporations are looking for," said Al Tayer.

The qualified applicants receive basic training consisting of the job basic, language and interview skills, curriculum vitae writing and more. From there, applicants are put through specialised training of the specific industry they will work in. Training courses are provided by the Dubai Institute of Human Resources Development.

Azza Al Sharhan, Director of ENDP, highlighted the short and long term goals of the organisation. In the short term they are looking for partnerships with the private sector and training for nationals. For the long term, they are hoping to improve the skills of those employed. Al Sharhan added that the ENDP did not focus on numbers, but rather the quality of those employed.

In addition to that, Al Tayer stated that it was not important to the ENDP which positions the nationals are employed for, but simply their employment.

The recently launched recruitment initiative does not apply to those already employed. For the unemployed, it specifically targets dropouts with no post-secondary education and college graduates who cannot find jobs. A lot of feedback was received from such people, and a national even applied at the booth yesterday.

"We hope to launch awareness campaigns in 2006, because a lot nationals do not even know about the high availability of jobs in the private sector," said Al Sharhan.

ENDP recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority to train and hire UAE nationals in the free zone and one of its 5,000 companies.

"Our vision is that hand-in-hand, no UAE national will be seeking a job and will not find one," said Al Tayer.

Employment is set in one of seven sectors of hospitality, trade, real estate, IT, banking, national conglomerates and semi-governmental establishments. Recruitment booths can be found at Deira City Centre, Sahara Centre and Al Ghurair City in addition to the one in the Mall of the Emirates.

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