|24 July, 2019

EGA kicks off its summer training programme for 2019

Thirty UAE National university and high school students will be working at EGA's corporate offices in Jebel Ali, Dubai and Al Taweelah, Abu Dhabi to gain unique work experience and bolster their future career prospect

EGA kicks off its summer training programme for 2019

United Arab Emirates: Emirates Global Aluminium, the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates outside oil and gas, today announced the start of its summer training programme for 2019. Thirty UAE National university and high school students will be working at EGA’s corporate offices in Jebel Ali, Dubai and Al Taweelah, Abu Dhabi to gain unique work experience and bolster their future career prospects.

EGA has been running its summer training programme for more than 20 years, and the programme is particularly designed for young UAE Nationals studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (which are collectively known as STEM). EGA is a significant employer of STEM professionals with more than 1,500 professionals in these fields, including some 500 UAE Nationals.

EGA is also a strong advocate for the role of UAE National women in heavy industry. This year 11 female interns will be joining the programme .

Abdulla Kalban, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of EGA said: “Our summer training programme is aligned with the ‘UAE Vision 2021’, which calls for improved educational attainment in science and mathematics and the development of a knowledge-based economy. We hope that the early work experience we provide over the course of the programme will influence this year’s interns to pursue meaningful careers in STEM fields that will contribute to the growth of the UAE.”

Seven members of EGA’s Executive Committee originally joined EGA as fresh graduates including Mr. Kalban.

EGA’s 2019 summer training programme runs from mid-July to mid-August.

Faiza Al Marzouqi, now an engineer in EGA’s capital projects department, said: “My time as a summer intern at EGA in 2013 was an insightful experience that gave me a better understanding of the opportunities available to me for my future. I worked on several interesting projects that inspired me to pursue a job at EGA after I graduated. Since I joined EGA, I have found myself to doing challenging and rewarding work that I know is bringing long-term value to my company and my country.”

Currently 162 recent graduates are enrolled at EGA as new joiners. EGA typically has some 100 graduate trainees, many from STEM disciplines, enrolled in its 18-month and 24-month graduate trainee programmes at any time.

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Contacts at EGA:
Simon Buerk sbuerk@ega.ae
056 3111 536

About EGA
Emirates Global Aluminium is equally-owned by Mubadala Investment Company of Abu Dhabi and the Investment Corporation of Dubai.

It is the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates outside the oil and gas industry, and the largest company jointly owned by the two Emirates.

EGA’s aluminium is the second largest made-in-the UAE export after oil and gas. In 2018, EGA produced 2.6 million tonnes of cast metal. EGA is the only UAE producer and makes the UAE the fifth largest aluminium producing nation in the world.

EGA has more than 350 customers in over 60 countries. Over 80 per cent of EGA’s production is value added products, one of the highest proportions of any aluminium company in the world.

EGA’s aluminium is primarily used in the construction, automotive, packaging, aerospace and electronics industries.

Over 10 per cent of EGA’s production is sold in the UAE to around 26 downstream aluminium companies that make products with EGA’s aluminium. The growing broader aluminium sector in the UAE supports 60,950 jobs.

EGA itself employs over 7,000 of these people including almost 1,200 UAE Nationals.

EGA has focused on technology development for over 25 years. EGA has used its own technology for every smelter expansion since the 1990s and has retrofitted all its older production lines. In 2016 EGA became the first UAE industrial company to licence its core industrial process technology internationally.

As a corporate citizen of the UAE, Emirates Global Aluminium aspires in all its operations to be measured amongst the world’s leading metals and mining companies in meeting its environmental and social responsibilities.

In 2017, EGA became the first Middle East headquartered company to join the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative, a global programme to foster greater sustainability and transparency in the aluminium industry.

EGA was formed in 2014 through the merger of Dubai Aluminium and Emirates Aluminium.

DUBAL’s Jebel Ali aluminium smelter began production in 1979. At almost five square kilometres, EGA’s Jebel Ali site is five times bigger than Dubai Mall.

EMAL started production in 2009 and its Al Taweelah aluminium smelter was the largest single-site aluminium smelter in the world when completed. EGA’s Al Taweelah site is five times bigger than Al Maryah Island at six square kilometres.

EGA has its own power stations at both sites, producing electricity to meet its needs. EGA’s electricity generation capacity is 5,450 megawatts, making EGA the third largest electricity generator in the UAE after the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority and the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority.

EGA also produces water through desalination units at its power plants.

Today EGA is expanding upstream and internationally to secure the natural resources the UAE’s aluminium industry needs and create new revenue streams.

EGA’s wholly-owned subsidiary Guinea Alumina Corporation is building a bauxite mine and associated export infrastructure in the Republic of Guinea in West Africa, in one of the largest greenfield investments in that country in over 40 years.

In the UAE, EGA has built the country’s first alumina refinery at Al Taweelah. The project reduces the UAE’s dependence on imported alumina and will supply 40 per cent of EGA’s needs once fully ramped-up.

For more information on EGA please visit www.ega.ae

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