x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Private-sector work initiative for Emirati youths

The third phase of the Yes to Work Initiative, designed to encourage more citizens to enter the private sector, is accepting applications.

ABU DHABI // More than 800 young Emiratis will be given training and work experience at shops across the country next month.

It is the third phase of the Abu Dhabi Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training’s Yes to Work Initiative, which is designed to encourage more citizens to work in the private sector and is now accepting applications for this summer’s programme.

The scheme is aimed at 15 to 18-year-olds, and will help them to build the skills needed for a career in retail.

Successful applicants will be given a week of training before embarking on three weeks of work experience with companies such as Carrefour and Sharaf DG.

“These students can find a way out of the box of only going into the public sector,” said Amal Al Hajeri, from the Yes to Work Initiative. “In the public sector, you don’t move from one step to another simply based on skill, you have to complete a certain number of years.

“In the private sector, you can skip many steps because of your ability. The private sector values personalities more. It shows you that the more work you do, the quicker you will advance.

“These students have this experience while they are still in school, so by the time they are in college or university they are already ahead. They will have skills already. Advancement based on skill is what it is about.”

The scheme was introduced in June last year, and takes place during the school summer break.

“We are seeing students that have participated in the past coming back to the initiative again,” Ms Al Hajeri said. “This shows that it is giving them something valuable.”

Applications can be made online at www.actvet.ac.ae, and the deadline is June 25.

Candidates will be required to undergo an interview before being accepted. The initiative is designed to work in tandem with Absher, the government’s Emiratisation programme.

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