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.