Work experience aims to improve skills and enhance career opportunities for young Emiratis.
United Arab Emirates: Emirates Global Aluminium, the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates outside oil and gas, is to provide internships for 30 of UAE National university and high school students this summer, giving them valuable work experience that should enhance their career prospects.
The students will work for a month at EGA’s smelter operations and head office departments in both Jebel Ali in Dubai and Al Taweelah in Abu Dhabi.
EGA has been running its summer internship programme for more than 20 years.
Ahmed Al Shamsi, EGA’s Executive Vice President of Human Capital, said: “Work experience is important for young people’s development, and we hope that some of this year’s interns will eventually choose to join EGA when they complete their studies. We are a major recruiter of ambitious young people who want to contribute to the industrial development of our country. Internships give students their first taste of the world of work and our business”
EGA typically has over 100 graduate trainees employed at any time on 18-month graduate training programmes before assignment to permanent roles in the organisation.
Seven members of EGA’s Executive Committee, including the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, originally joined the business as fresh graduates.
EGA also runs apprenticeship schemes for young UAE Nationals pursuing careers in technical roles.
EGA’s workforce includes almost 1,200 UAE Nationals, in line with the UAE National Vision 2021’s goal of harnessing the full potential of national human capital.
EGA is currently sponsoring over 150 UAE Nationals in their university studies. EGA is targeting 42 per cent Emiratisation by 2020 of in-focus positions – those that could feasibly be Emiratised.