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Third Qatalum summer internship programme concludes

Qatar: Wednesday, August 14 - 2013 @ 13:23

A key component of Qatalum’s Corporate Social Responsibility agenda, and its promotion of a Qatarisation policy (seeking to bring bright young Qatari nationals into the domestic workforce), the internship programme came about in 2011 as Qatalum management sought to encourage all Qatari students, male and female, from Qatari high schools and colleges to apply for a valuable, intensive and fascinating two-month summer programme.

The programme would help them plan for their future careers, and help Qatalum identify promising and enthusiastic candidates from within the next generation – laying the groundwork for long-term human capital within the company.

This year’s Summer Internship Programme included ‘on-the-job’ training, computer training and soft skills training courses, providing opportunities for a total of ten Qatari university students who demonstrate exceptional ability and an interest in the aluminium industry to benefit from a comprehensive eight week programme which ran from June 11th through to August 1st. In addition, a total of 20 high school Qatari students from the Qatar Independent Technical High School participated in a two-week summer programme from June 23rd through to July 4th.

Over the several weeks of intensive training, students were given the opportunity to spend time in one of Qatalum’s departments – both technical and non-technical – in order to be introduced to workplace ethics, familiarised with the work environment, learn about the company, the plant and the industry, and increasing students’ understanding of the complex tasks and responsibilities in working in a complex industry, and giving them the opportunity to discover for themselves the preferred role they might wish to seek upon graduation.

The programme for 2013 wound up on 1st August with a series of messages and presentations from Qatalum’s CEO and HR Manager, and representatives of Qatar University and College of North Atlantic Qatar and Texas A&M University in Qatar.

At the ceremony, at which certificates were awarded to participants, Qatalum CEO Tom Petter Johansen said, “We are delighted that this third summer programme has been a huge success – the most rewarding yet. The feedback we are receiving from students, and the Qatalum team tasked with working with them, has been extraordinary. This programme is a fantastic platform for Qatalum to be a national leader, to support Qatari students, and to invest in our own future too, attracting the next generation of talent.”

Qatalum HR Manager Faraj Al-Abdulla, said “This programme allows those taking part to seize the opportunity to become the next generation of leaders in our industry. We have sought to ensure that the time is used to its full potential, making sure that participants get a full range of experiences, skills and knowledge that they will take back with them and use in the future. Whether they end up working in this industry or not, Qatar benefits from the experience and understanding these students have received over the past couple of months.”

The summer programme constitutes an important part of the Energy and Industry Strategic Qatarisation Plan put forth by the State, and adopted as a central part of Qatalum’s strategic agenda.

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