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UAE national students complete Tawteen ‘Bridge to Success’ programme

United Arab Emirates: Tuesday, July 22 - 2008 @ 15:58

It was designed for foundation-year students, giving them the opportunity to learn skills specific to their chosen majors.

The course took place at the Madinat Zayed and Ruwais Higher Colleges of Technology and was developed by Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (ADCO), Dolphin Energy, and the British Council. It is the first in a series of five planned Tawteen summer programmes.

The theory portion of the course was presented in an office setting and focused on team work, time management, and critical thinking. Field activities included visits to Dolphin Energy, ADCO, and the Emirates Simulation Academy, where students participated in simulations of oil field and gas combined cycle power plant operations. The culmination of the course was a visit to ADCO’s Bu Hasa oil field production site where students learned about typical operations and how oil is processed and piped to the export terminal.

During the course the students also visited the Dolphin Energy offices and the ADCO main office in Abu Dhabi. The Dolphin Energy visits included an environmental awareness session, corporate communications workshops, technical services and recruitment workshops, a career awareness session, and an assessment exercise. The ADCO office visit included an introduction to ADCO and its Health, Safety & Environment procedures, an overview of career opportunities within the company, and a description of the history of oil in UAE.

Certificates of Completion will be awarded to the students at the graduation ceremony in August.

The General Manager-UAE for Dolphin Energy, Ibrahim Ahmed Al Ansari, commented:

“This initiative has helped to prepare Emirati university students for energy sector employment, teaching them specific skills aligned with labour market demand.

The students made three visits to the Dolphin head office to broaden their awareness of the gas sector – we look forward to hosting further groups in future.”

An ADCO spokesperson said: “ADCO is impressed by the enthusiasm and interest of the students who participated in this summer’s programme. The students have benefited by developing skills and increasing their knowledge of the industry, and ADCO will benefit for years to come through an increase in graduating seniors ready to contribute from the first day on the job.”

Paul Sellers, Director of the British Council in the UAE, commented: “The British Council is delighted at the success of the Ma’bar Al Najah project and is privileged to have supported this effort to promote industry awareness and build the skills necessary for UAE nationals to play a major role in industries in the UAE.”

Managing Director of the Emirates Foundation, Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, said: “Tawteen is very pleased with the results of the first summer course offered through the Ma’bar Al Najah programme and looks forward to future summer courses that will support more young nationals in meeting career goals in their chosen industries.”

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