New projects launched to boost Emiratisation

ABU DHABI — The Emirates Foundation (EF) yesterday announced the launch of eight Tawteen projects, in cooperation with BP, Shell, Microsoft, Rolls Royce, International Power, DLA Piper, Jumeirah, the British Council and Gems Education.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Wed 24 Oct 2007, 9:14 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 4:53 AM

The announcement came during the 2007 Progress Event of Tawteen, an EF programme that tackles social issues for the Emirati communities and drives to empower young nationals through the creation of meaningful employment opportunities throughout the UAE.

The eight projects cover career guidance counselling, youth leadership development, industry and academic summer schools, career resource centres, internships in the private sector, empowering women in the workplace, entrepreneurship, innovation and vocational training awareness.

Each project will begin with detailed research, field-study and testing of important concepts that have been adapted for the UAE from successful international models. Implementation on a national level will follow.

Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, EF managing director, explained that the Tawteen projects are not job creation schemes in themselves. “However, they will directly assist Emiratis in overcoming the social and cultural obstacles that hinder personal development, while opening the door to thousands of employment opportunities in the UAE private sector,” he said.

Al Sayegh also added that “Tawteen is offering young job-seekers moral and practical support, which doesn’t exist elsewhere—intensive motivation, guidance and empowerment.”.

Tawteen, which in Arabic means ‘localisation’, was launched in February 2007 in cooperation with the UAE government. It aims at supporting local talent through self-development and self-motivation, helping young Emiratis with the right workplace skills to flourish in the growing UAE private sector.

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