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Emirates Global Aluminium’s performance and growth is driven by our workforce, including local talent. We finished 2020 with some 42 per cent of in-focus roles at EGA held by UAE Nationals - exceeding our long-standing goal of Emiratising 40 per cent of these positions by the end of 2020.

On a like-for-like basis, EGA already has one of the highest rates of Emiratisation of any major company.

We focus on attracting the most capable people and providing them with opportunities to develop themselves throughout their careers.

We recognise that building capability in the United Arab Emirates’ workforce is essential for our own future as well as the continued growth of the country’s modern, diversified economy. We are proud to play a role in building this capacity.

EGA’s Executive Committee is an example of this approach in action. Six members of our Executive Committee originally joined the business as fresh graduates.

Five of these leaders studied science, technology, engineering or mathematics, reflecting our broader focus on these disciplines as a company engaged in heavy industry.

Typically, around 120 graduate trainees, many from these fields, are enrolled in our 18-month graduate training programmes at any given time. These trainees then go on to occupy roles in the organisation.

Today we are working to replicate our successful UAE people development work in the Republic of Guinea, where EGA has developed a bauxite mine and bauxite export facilities. Around 1,000 people operate the project. EGA’s subsidiary, Guinea Alumina Corporation, has invested more than $1.3 million on GAC Skills, a programme to develop high potential Guineans for permanent roles in the organisation.