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Abu Dhabi’s Human Resources Authority and EGA sign agreement to create additional job placements for young UAE Nationals

January 14, 2021, United Arab Emirates: The Human Resources Authority (HRA) of Abu Dhabi and Emirates Global Aluminum, the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates outside oil and gas, today signed an agreement to further bolster UAE National employment in line Abu Dhabi’s goals for socio-economic development.

The two entities will collaborate to create more opportunities for the registered job seekers in the HRA database to develop skills for technical jobs through EGA’s long-running National Training programs, as permanent contracts will be signed with those enrolled in the program from the first day of the program.

The HRA will nominate additional candidates to undergo a one-year intensive training programs at EGA starting from Jan 2021. After completing the one-year training period, trainees will be offered operational roles in EGA’s smelters and power plants.

The agreement marks the latest step taken by EGA to support the development of UAE National talent. EGA has focused on the recruitment and training of young Emiratis for decades. More than 1,000 UAE Nationals work at EGA.

EGA’s National Training programmes develop young UAE Nationals for operational roles in EGA’s smelters and power plants. More than 5,000 UAE Nationals have graduated from the programs since they were first established in 1982. Many have gone on to pursue long and successful careers at EGA, with some reaching the highest levels of leadership in the company.

The agreement with the HRA is been signed in a virtual ceremony between Her Excellency Alia Abdulla Al Mazrouei, Director General of the HRA, and Abdulnasser Bin Kalban, Chief Executive Officer of EGA, in the presence of representatives from both parties. Her Excellency Alia Abdulla Al Mazrouei, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Human Resources Authority, said: “This agreement is an extension of the Abu Dhabi Government Accelerators Program, Ghadan21, and is a further development of the partnership between our two organizations. It demonstrates the institutional cooperation and teamwork between the public and private sectors to promote the participation of UAE Nationals in the industrial sector. The HRA will work closely with EGA to serve the goals of both parties and directly benefit young Emirati job seekers.

"Based on the strategic priority of increasing the percentage of Emiratis’ participation in the workforce, the HRA is keen to provide the Emirati workforce with the necessary skills and knowledge to enable them to enter a competitive job market, by employing the highest academic and professional training standards in various fields," Al Mazrouei added.  She also referred to the joint efforts to be made during the next phase through its specialized committees to ensure quick and effective results.

Al Mazrouei also commended the efforts made by EGA and its dedication to creating job opportunities, as well as attracting and recruiting Emirati talent to increase the number of UAE Nationals employed at the company. She expressed hope that the cooperation agreement will achieve the aspirations of both parties, serve the goals of sustainable economic and social development, and strengthen the employment system in Abu Dhabi in accordance with the vision and directions of the government.

Later on in the ceremony, Abdulnasser Bin Kalban, Chief Executive Officer of Emirates Global Aluminum, said: “This signing marks the beginning of a mutually-beneficial relationship with a like-minded entity which will allow us to align our existing strategies to develop UAE National talent. Through this collaboration with the HRA, EGA continues to fulfill its commitment to recruit UAE Nationals and provide them with advanced professional training programs to enable them to pursue technical careers. We have always believed that young Emiratis are the cornerstone of the UAE’s future, and have run national training programs at EGA since 1982. EGA will continue our efforts to cultivate and train national talent both for our business success and in support of the goals of our nation’s leadership."

Under the terms of the agreement, EGA will have access to the HRA’s information on UAE National job seekers. A career guidance and counseling program for shortlisted UAE Nationals will be conducted by both EGA and the HRA, and selected candidates will then take entry tests and personal interviews, during which they will be introduced to EGA’s national training programs and their requirements. EGA will sign contracts with promising individuals and commence academic and technical training at EGA’s Technical Training Institute followed by practical training on-site.

HRA will monitor the performance of the trainees throughout the training period.

EGA provides a wide range of courses and programmes designed to enable employees to reach their full potential.