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Emirati graduates embark on careers at Abu Dhabi energy firm

The Abu Dhabi company's graduate development programme, Tamkeen, has selected five Emiratis for a year-long course, after which each will be offered a full-time position.

The Abu Dhabi National Energy Company, or Taqa, has chosen five Emiratis for a year-long course as part of its graduate development programme, Tamkeen. Courtesy: Taqa
The Abu Dhabi National Energy Company, or Taqa, has chosen five Emiratis for a year-long course as part of its graduate development programme, Tamkeen. Courtesy: Taqa

ABU DHABI // Energy company Taqa has welcomed its latest batch of Emirati graduates as part of Abu Dhabi’s Emiratisation efforts.

The Abu Dhabi National Energy Company, or Taqa, has chosen five Emiratis for a year-long course as part of its graduate development programme, Tamkeen.

After the course, each will be offered a full-time position in one of Taqa’s divisions.

“We run a mentoring system so each graduate has the opportunity to build powerful relationships in the company and get to grips with projects that will help the company deliver on its objectives,” said Ahmad Al Sarrah, senior human resources manager at Taqa.

Most graduates are prepared for managerial and administrative roles, but Taqa aims to train more nationals for roles in its oil and gas divisions, and power and water businesses around the world.

Any UAE national holding a higher diploma or bachelor’s degree with a minimum grade point average of three is eligible for the annual programme.

Candidates must undergo a rigorous selection process that includes interviews and team challenges, from desktop work to practical exercises.

After submitting an English-language essay, shortlisted candidates work together to complete a series of practical assignments.

“We are looking to see who the leaders are and who are the followers; the problem solvers and the ones who make plans work,” Mr Al Sarrah said.

One trainee, Ahmed Shaikhan, from Abu Dhabi, said he felt privileged to be part of the programme.

“The selection process wasn’t easy but now that I have started, the programme has provided me with a clear path towards a successful career at Taqa,” Mr Shaikhan said.

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