EGA to develop 120 young UAE nationals through Train for Work programme

'Train for Work' is an Abu Dhabi Government initiative that creates training and development opportunities for young UAE nationals to enable them to find attractive opportunities in the national workforce.


United Arab Emirates: Emirates Global Aluminium, the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates outside oil and gas, today announced the company is aiming to develop 120 young UAE Nationals as a part of the ‘Train for Work’ programme.

‘Train for Work’ is an Abu Dhabi Government initiative that creates training and development opportunities for young UAE nationals to enable them to find attractive opportunities in the national workforce.

At EGA, 65 young people have already been selected under the programme.

EGA finished 2018 with 38.5 per cent Emiratisation of in-focus positions, all those that can feasibly be Emiratised, its highest ever level. EGA is targeting 40 per cent Emiratisation of in-focus positions by 2020.

EGA will this week participate in ‘Tawdheef’, the annual Abu Dhabi career fair for UAE Nationals.

Abdulla Kalban, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of EGA, said: “‘Train for Work’ is a natural extension of our existing National Trainee Program, through which we prepare young UAE Nationals for technical roles in our industry, and we are pleased to support the Abu Dhabi Government’s objectives in this way. I welcome these ambitious young people to our business.”

EGA’s workforce includes almost 1,200 UAE Nationals, in line with the ‘UAE Vision 2021’ goal of harnessing the full potential of National human capital. More than 40 per cent of those holding the top 270 positions in the company are UAE nationals.

In November 2017, EGA launched Engineer the Future’, a programme that aims to inspire young people to study and pursue careers in STEM. ‘Engineer the Future’ has so far reached more than 10,000 students.

The ‘Train for Work’ programme at EGA lasts two years. The participants will complete a three-month foundational English language programme before starting 21 months of EGA technical and on-the-job training.


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 2017, 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. About 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. In addition to meeting its own water requirements, EGA supplies 1.5 per cent of the water needs of Dubai as well as commercial water customers and bottlers.

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 is building the country’s first alumina refinery at Al Taweelah. The project will reduce the UAE’s dependence on imported alumina and supply 75 per cent of the Al Taweelah smelter’s needs.

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