Over the course of the two-month programme, which kicked-off on Sunday 20 June this year, the youngsters will benefit from personal exposure to a real-life working environment, through which they will not only acquire technical and practical skills but also mature as individuals.
As in prior years, the 2010 Summer Training Programme participants were selected from several educational institutions throughout the UAE, including various schools, Al Ain University, the Higher College of Technology, the American University of Sharjah, the American University of Dubai, Sharjah University, NIVE and IAT.
The group comprises both male and female students, 25 of who are from high schools and 10 from various colleges and universities. It also includes university students on Dubal’s Scholarship Programme who are contractually bound to work at Dubal for the summer vacation periods throughout the duration of their funded studies (and for an equivalent number of years thereafter), thereby enhancing their understanding of their future roles within the organization.
“Our Summer Training Programme is aligned with the vision of H H Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum (Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE Minister of Finance and Chairman of Dubal), who believes that improving individual UAE Nationals’ skills, is key to accelerating the prosperity of the entire nation. We also use the programme to identify the students with the most potential. Many previous summer students currently hold senior positions within DUBAL, where more than 70% of executive management positions are currently held by UAE Nationals,”
says Marwan Al Sawaleh (General Manager: Human Resources).
True to tradition, the 2010 Summer Training Programme began with an orientation session, where the students were given a comprehensive and in-depth introduction to Dubal’s major operations, including insight into its facilities (through a plant tour and viewing of Dubal’s educational film) and familiarization regarding the company’s Safety policies and procedures. Over the course of the two-month period, the students will also receive instruction on technical operations, as well as courses in administration.
However, in a departure from tradition, the working hours for the Summer Training Programme have been extended to a full working day for the first time this year (i.e. 07:30 to 16:00, Sunday to Thursday), rather than the half-day of prior years.
“We have decided to treat these trainees more like regular employees, as the realities of the working world include an eight-hour work-day,” continues Al Sawaleh. “We believe it will help build them personally and professionally, enhance their emotional maturity, and give them a better idea of Dubal as a place to develop their careers.”
Each of the 35 trainees has been assigned to one of Dubal’s various divisions, depending on their respective qualifications, educational standards and relevant skills. For example, students with a business background have been allocated to departments in the administrative area, including human resources, training, marketing & sales, and finance.
“The Summer Training Programme receives the whole-hearted support of our departments,” says Al Sawaleh, “Not only do they accommodate as many students as they respectively can, but they also commit to and deliver a proper training plan to the students. In addition, they assign mentors to the students and provide regular follow-up feedback to our National Development department.”
Naturally, the extension of the work-hours this year has increased the levels of responsibility within the departments to which students are allocated and the National Development team. The training plans have been expanded, requiring greater commitment for everyone involved.
“The change is positive, as it will give the students greater opportunity to learn from DUBAL,” concludes Al Sawaleh. “It will also give Dubal more time to invest in the education of these young adults.”
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