German firm wants to train nationals

DUBAI There are good opportunities for German expertise in the Gulf region for the training, aimed at the integration of nationals into the labour markets, an official of the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) said yesterday.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Sun 16 Feb 2003, 3:50 AM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 8:24 PM

"Appropriate training concepts to face economic, political and social challenges are currently being sought in many countries in Europe, Asia and the Gulf region to address the issue of future employability of young nationals," said Martin Homola, Resident Representative of the Dubai-based GTZ Gulf Region Office. He said the development of standards and contents for technical and vocational education and training go a long way to match the demands of the market for competent labour.

In the AGCC region, the German government-owned GTZ is currently involved in human resources development projects in Qatar, Kuwait and Oman. A total of 20 labs and workshops have been designed and equipped, allowing young Qataris to receive high-level training in seven different occupations in the fields of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Electronics and Chemical Processing. "GTZ operations in the AGCC countries concentrate on three sectors : water, health and vocational training. The focus on the development of local expertise in partner institutions is one important element to ensure long-term sustainability and success of the projects," he added. New and modern vocational job profiles in Germany, success stories from other countries in vocational education, and possibilities of further training of young UAE nationals in Germany, are scheduled to be discussed at a seminar in Dubai and in Abu Dhabi.

The seminars are being organised by the Germany's International Marketing of Vocational Education (iMOVE) in association with the GTZ and the German Industry and Commerce Office in Dubai (DIHK).

The "Vocational Education Made in Germany" seminar in Dubai will be held at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) auditorium, while the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ADCCI) hosts the second seminar.

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