x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Students learn skills at Abu Dhabi defence exhibition

Idex 2013: This was the students' first exposure to an exhibition such as Idex and they were asked to show to visitors parts built by Tawazun.

ABU DHABI // More than 15 Emirati mechanical-engineering students will visit Idex this week as part of a work-study programme.

The scheme is run by Tawazun Precise Industries (TPI) and combines formal education with on-the-job experience.

It aims to give Emiratis the skills needed by the country's emerging industries.

The students, all from UAE University in Al Ain, will graduate as mechanical engineers then take up future leadership positions within Tawazun's portfolio of companies.

This was the first time they had attended an event such as Idex. They were asked to show visitors parts built by Tawazun and explain the manufacturing process, as well as their usage.

Rashed Al Remeithi, 18, said taking part in Idex had helped him to grow.

"We were trained for two weeks before attending the exhibition and in the training we were taught how to showcase the products," he said. "It was better for us because we knew how to answer questions in a more efficient way."

Hamdan Al Jneibi, 23, said he had learnt a lot about his field of study, even from attending for just one day.

"The experience was great for me and I felt like I accomplished something important," he said.

* Ayesha Al Khoori