The focus will be on internal succession planning programs aimed at enhancing their capabilities in such areas as leadership, customer service and sales. SIB believes that the talent of the young national community has been a largely untapped resource up until now, furthering the bank’s ambition to focus on these young leaders of the future.
UAE Nationals currently make up 39% of the total workforce at SIB. The bank has surpassed the original quota set by the Central Bank and has focused on the ultimate goal of bringing the number of UAE Nationals employed at SIB up to 50% by the year 2007.
Saeed M. Al Amiri, Head of HR at SIB said that this projected growth will have no effect on non-nationals currently employed with the organization.
“In keeping with the UAE government policy aimed at increasing the number of UAE Nationals employed in both the public and private sector, we have begun working on an aggressive emaratisation strategy aimed at providing attractive career opportunities for our UAE nationals in areas of Branch Management, Retail Banking and Corporate Banking,” explained Al Amiri.
As part of SIB’s commitment to emaratisation, the bank is also introducing a Professional Islamic Banker program— an18-month unique classroom and on-the-job training course covering all aspects of Islamic banking with special emphasis on retail.
The program, in partnership with Tanmia and Tawteen, aims to recruit and train UAE nationals at the entry level and ultimately develop a team of professional bankers highly proficient in all areas of Islamic banking practice.
“Successful candidates will have the opportunity to begin their career in a dynamic working environment, where they will be trained by local and international specialists in Islamic banking. The continuing focus will be on employee growth and the establishment of a long and rewarding career,” concluded Al Amiri.
SIB employees will also benefit from programs designed to educate them on customer service, sales and leadership as part of its commitment to the bank’s internal Succession Planning program.
Sharjah Islamic Bank will have a strong presence at the National Career Exhibition being held at the Sharjah Expo Centre from 8th to the 11th of March 2005. SIB’s participation focused exclusively on the recruitment of UAE Nationals to join the organization.
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