Al Sabri: Dubal an employer of choice

Al Sabri: Dubal an employer of choice

Dubal, Emal keen to hire local folk

01 June 2013

DUBAL has reported that some 2,200 people visited its large exhibition stand at the 13th annual Careers Show Exhibition (Careers UAE 2013), many of whom submitted their resumés in the hope of obtaining employment at the UAE’s industrial flagship.

The event was held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. It enabled UAE nationals in all fields of expertise to meet directly with recruiters and hiring managers, thus facilitating the fulfilment of the UAE’s Emiratisation strategy.

“Since its inception, Careers UAE has evolved into one of the biggest and most sought-after forums for aspiring work-seekers to meet with prospective employers and obtain information regarding the various training and career options available. As such, it also provides an excellent platform for raising the corporate profiles of companies, enabling them to attract the interest of high-calibre candidates for recruitment. Over 80 employers, educational institutions and professional bodies participated in Careers UAE 2013,” a statement said. 

Sultan Al Sabri, vice president, human resources and organisation development, commented:  “Having participated annually since the inaugural event, this year marked the 13th year that Dubal has leveraged opportunities presented by Careers UAE. Once again, the response was extremely positive, confirming Dubal’s status as an employer of choice in the region and a leading recruiter of UAE nationals.

“As in prior years, students were able to enter their information directly into our database, making it readily available for use in identifying potential talent to meet our organisational requirements in terms of age group, background, qualifications and skills. Live interviews were held with key candidates during the exhibition and a team of our recruitment officers is busy segregating the job applications received during Careers UAE 2013 by discipline and qualification, so as to compare them with Dubal’s manning needs.”

Dubal said its presence at the event was part of initiatives taken by the company’s national programmes and development department to increase the proportion of UAE nationals in the organisation. Currently, the proportion of UAE national representation at the senior management level is above 65 per cent.

Many young Emiratis visited the Dubal
stall at the expo

Also participating in Careers UAE was Emirates Aluminium (Emal) where it continued its drive to fill vacancies for its rapidly developing Phase 2 expansion which is due for completion at the end of 2014.

The smelter maintains a robust Emiratisation programme utilising multiple initiatives to ensure a growing skilled UAE national workforce for the future. Non-supervisory positions are available for Emirati males holding high school or Institutes of Applied Technology (IAT) certificates. They are eligible to apply for the pre-employment courses (PEC) that trains candidates for non-supervisory positions at Emal. Lasting between 6 and 24 months, the PEC courses will prepare trainees for jobs as utility operators, technicians and assistant technicians across all Emal operation departments, including cast house, carbon, maintenance or power.

In 2012, Emal successfully launched and implemented six training programmes for Emiratis to qualify and assign them to work in different fields in operation.  However, during the first quarter of 2013, two additional training courses were added and five more are in the realisation phase.

The first quarter of 2013 saw early success in preparing UAE nationals for roles in Emal. Twenty-two employees out of 90 planned for supervisory roles have completed their training; seven out of 17 employees assigned for executive roles and 42 of 138 designated for technical positions have concluded their programmes.

At the supervisory level, positions are available for fresh university graduates in mechanical, electrical and chemical engineering to join Emal’s graduate training programme for 15 to 18 months. They can aspire to hold prominent positions.

Saeed Fadhel Al Mazrooei, president and CEO of Emal, said: “We are proud of the role we play in supporting diversification of the economy. Emirati talent is a central feature of how we have come so far, so quickly, and a highly qualified and skilled Emirati workforce is essential for our future success.”

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