x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 January 2018

Pupils get on track for perfect future career

All Emiratis between the ages of 14 and 18 can apply

More than 1,000 pupils can find out if their future careers lie in fashion design, aircraft, motorsports or even robotics as part of a three-week summer programme.

The Institute of Applied Technology in Abu Dhabi announced yesterday that all Emiratis between the ages of 14 and 18 can apply online for a pit stop at Yas Marina Circuit or head to the Al Ain International Aviation Academy as part of a range of courses on offer.

Other subjects include robotics, microcontrollers, photography, web design, jewellery design, film, information and communications technology, English, and leadership. Most will also include a weekly "adventure" day.

"We want them to learn in this programme and get to know different professions to better guide them in the future," said Dr Abdullatif al Shamsi, the institute's managing director. He promised three weeks "packed with activities and fun".

Programmes will run at 15 institutes in Fujairah, Ras al Khaimah, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and Delma island, at locations including Al Jaheli Institute of Science and Technology, Fatima College of Health Sciences and Yas Marina Circuit.

Although only 1,100 places are initially being offered, Dr Walid Yasin, the manager of quality assurance and planning at IAT, said more could be added if necessary.

Programmes will start on July 3 and will end on July 26. Students will also be given "passports" to keep a record of their new skill.

More information can be found on www.skills4life.ae.

All programmes are free for Emiratis while male expatriates can apply for the Yas programme for Dh5,000.