Work-readiness programme conducted at schools and at EGA
United Arab Emirates: Volunteers from Emirates Global Aluminium, the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates outside oil and gas, have worked with INJAZ UAE, part of one of the world’s largest non-profit business education organisations, to help almost 200 UAE National high school students this academic year to prepare for their future careers.
More than 60 EGA employees volunteered over 335 hours of their time to conduct business innovation camps at UAE schools, and to host high school students on job shadow days at EGA.
EGA has supported INJAZ UAE’s work-readiness programmes since 2012.
Ahmed Jasem Al Shamsi, Executive Vice President, Human Capital at EGA said: “We’re proud to be partnering with INJAZ, and offering work-readiness programs that equip UAE high school students with business skills and help them consider their career options. EGA’s success as a business over decades has created opportunities for thousands of people, and working with Injaz is one way for us to help develop the UAE’s human capital further for the future.”
EGA volunteers and Injaz conducted business innovation camps at Al Khaleej National School, Garhoud Dubai National School and International School of Arts & Sciences during this academic year.
On job shadow days at EGA, high school students had the opportunity to experience a day at work, and receive coaching on their career options and developing their job hunting skills.
EGA volunteers who participated work across the company, from technical roles in EGA’s smelters to Directors in head office.
Separately, EGA has also conducted a programme this academic year to introduce high school students to the aluminium industry and the science upon which it is based. The programme, called ‘Engineer the Future’ aims to encourage high school students to consider advanced studies and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
EGA employs over 1,500 professionals in these fields, including some 500 UAE Nationals. Improving attainment in science, technology, engineering mathematics is a goal of ‘UAE Vision 2021’ as part of building a knowledge-based economy.