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High quality of training at UAE ministry is rewarded with ISO certificate

The quality of training offered by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development has won international recognition.

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, receives ISO certification from the British ambassador, Dominic Jermey, in Abu Dhabi yesterday. Sammy Dallal / The National
Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, receives ISO certification from the British ambassador, Dominic Jermey, in Abu Dhabi yesterday. Sammy Dallal / The National

ABU DHABI // The quality of training offered by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development has won international recognition.

The minister, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak, accepted ISO certification on the ministry's behalf yesterday during a ceremony attended by ministry undersecretaries and the British ambassador.

The International Organisation for Standardisation, founded in 1947, develops voluntary standards for "products, services and good practice".

Its ISO standards are designed to produce maximum efficiency and effectiveness.

The ministry's certification relates to how an organisation analyses, plans, implements and evaluates training procedures. It takes about two years for an organisation to meet ISO standards.

"Some organisations give training but they never measure how good it is and how well it actually stays," said Theuns Kotze, ISO's regional head. "You have to ensure that the knowledge level actually increases.

"There must be a transfer of knowledge, skill and competency.

"I can test if you understand what I'm saying - and you can tell me what I just told you.

"But you have to learn the skills and get competent in them."

The ministry already holds international certifications for quality management, environmental management and health and safety management.

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