May 07 2012
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du signs agreement with Higher Colleges of Technology to provide 127 Emirati employees with training
The partnership will see 127 of du's Emirati employees attend a full day of training once a week for a period of six months at HCT campuses including Dubai Men's College, with courses covering a range of essential skills. This is the third consecutive partnership of its kind between du and Higher Colleges of Technology .
Fahad Al Hassawi, Chief Human Resources and Shared Services Officer, du and Dr. Tayeb Kamali, Vice Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology ( HCT ) signed the agreement in the presence of Yaser Obaid, Senior Vice President Human Resources, du; Jamal Khalifa Lootah, Senior Director National Recruitment and Development, du, amongst other members of the senior management representatives from both organisations.
The training is designed to help entry-level Emiratis develop their skills. There is a training opportunity to suit every grade of employee and each stage of learning, with both internal (such as induction training) and external (such as a university degree) sessions. Subjects including English Language; the Etiquette of e-Communication; International Computer Driving License (ICDL); Communication Skills; Time Management; the Principles of Report Writing; Business Development; an Introduction to the Telecommunications Sector; Business Presentation Skills; Problem-Solving and Decision-Making.
"We are proud to have partnered with Higher Colleges of Technology , as together we can provide our Emirati employees with the training and skills they need to develop their careers and forge a successful career path," said Fahad Al Hassawi, Chief Human Resources and Shared Services Officer, du. "National development is at the heart of our commitment to society, and we believe that our human capital is crucial to the success of our business. It is our intention to provide a 'total well-being' experience to our employees, giving them access to educational tools as well as leisure and health facilities."
Dr. Tayeb Kamali, Vice Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology said the training program was an example of the strong collaborations between the HCT and industry partners which result in career-oriented programs to meet the specific needs of the local industry and the provision of the highest quality education opportunities for young people throughout the UAE, so that they can become valuable members of their communities.
"It is very pleasing to again align with du to assist in training UAE national employees to help develop the next generation of future leaders for our nation," Dr Kamali said.
"Through cooperation with partners like du we are able to introduce new programs and courses which allows us to meet the economic, educational, social and cultural needs of society and which give students an unparalleled advantage in the workplace," he added.
In order to reach its strategic and operational targets, du works closely with a number of local private and government entities, including Higher Colleges of Technology , Zayed University, Khalifa University and the American University in Dubai.
du has established several initiatives and programmes designed to boost Emirati career potential.
In 2011, du launched its UAE National Contact Centre in Fujairah, creating an opportunity for employment cross the Northern Emirates. The Contact Centre is run exclusively by UAE nationals.
Also in 2011, du was acknowledged by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed Al Maktoum, who presented du with the accolade of the Dubai Human Resources Appreciation Award.
du's annual Summer Training Programme provides UAE national students the opportunity to experience two months of work in different departments within the telecom.
Additionally, du's Work Skills Programme offers students in their final year at university with the training needed to improve their technical skills and promote personal development. More than 120 students participated in the inaugural Programme in 2011, and the target for 2012 is to successfully graduate 200 students from the Programme.
Young UAE nationals are encouraged to join du for short term projects, such as work experience and internships. The telecom's National Development team members monitor all interns to guide their progress.
About the Higher Colleges of Technology ( HCT )
Founded in 1988 with four colleges, The Higher Colleges of Technology has grown to be the largest of the higher educational institutions in the UAE, gaining a well-respected reputation for innovative learning. More than 19,000 students attend 17 modern men's and women's campuses in the cities of Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah, Fujairah and the western region of Madinat Zayed and Ruwais.
HCT offers more than 90 different, English-taught programs in Applied Communications, Business, Education, Engineering Technology, Computer & Information Sciences, General Education and Health Sciences. These programs are all relevant to the UAE's fast growing and evolving economic sectors. All programs are designed in consultation with business and industry leaders to ensure that the skills students learn are job-relevant and to high standards. They are constantly monitored to ensure they are at the cutting edge of industry standards and technological change. Visit www.hct.ac.aeAbout du
du, the integrated telecom service provider in the UAE, launched mobile telecommunication services in February 2007 across the UAE, in addition to internet and pay TV services that du provides in some of the free zones of Dubai. Call Select, du's nationwide fixed line services for voice telephony, was launched in July 2007. By the end of 3rd quarter of 2011, over 4,937,900people in the UAE had chosen to become du mobile customers.
Among du's many firsts is its historic Number Booking Campaign for both individuals and business, Pay by the Second billing system, Mobile TV, Mobile Payments, first of its kind 'WoW' recharge card (which offers customers the choice between 'more credit', 'more time' and now the 'more international' recharge option with additional credit on international calls) and Self Care.
du products and services for consumers and business are available through du's retail network, currently numbering 44 du shops located in strategic locations across the UAE, including the recently opened flagship store located in the heart of Abu Dhabi. In addition, customers can access du products and services at more than 3000 authorised dealers or through the du e-shop, accessible at http://shop.du.aedu shops are a one-stop-shop for mobile service, carrier select and the payment of service bills.
du is 39.5 per cent owned by the UAE Federal Government, 19.75 per cent by Mubadala Development Company, 19.5 per cent by Emirates Communications & Technology Company LLC and the remaining stake by public shareholders. It is listed on the Dubai Financial Market (DFM) and trades under the name du.
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