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HCT JOINS FORCES WITH MOHRE & 16 CORPORATIONS TO BOOST FUTURE CAREERS WITH LAUNCH OF SECTOR SKILLS ACADEMIES
30 JUN 2019

HCT JOINS FORCES WITH MOHRE & 16 CORPORATIONS TO BOOST FUTURE CAREERS WITH LAUNCH OF SECTOR SKILLS ACADEMIES

Academies in Logistics & Retail will up-skill & train mid-career professionals and graduates with business management, entrepreneurial and technology-related skills

In a milestone event for the United Arab Emirates, the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) has announced the inauguration of specialized Sector Skills Academies (SSA) in a triangular partnership with 16 private corporations and the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE).

The companies engaged in this initiative included DP World, Landmark, Dnata Group, Dubai Free Zone, DHL, Emirates Post Group, UPS, Dubai Design District, Azadea Group, Challhoub Group, Lals Group, Al Tayer Group, Apparel, Giordano, GMG and Siddiqi Holdings.

As part of the collaboration between the UAE's academic and industry sectors (particularly private sector), the parties will identify and enhance current and future jobs' knowledge, skills and competencies, culminating in the HCT launching a Logistics Academy and a Retail Academy in September 2019. The Sector Skills Academies will support graduates and mid-career professionals by providing them with the necessary business management, entrepreneurial and technology-related skills to operate in the globalized economy.

  1. , emphasized the importance of the partnership between the education sector and various labor sectors, in preparing a national, trained workforce to meet the needs of the labor market, and which is aligned to national developments. He reiterated the importance of the private sector, as a strategic partner, in developing Emiratisation policies and supporting initiatives promoting training and recruitment opportunities for Emiratis in vital sectors.

The Minister said the establishment of the Academies is in accordance with the directives of the UAE leadership and coincides with the launch by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, of the HCT 4.0 strategy, which includes directives about the Academies, which will support employees who wish to change their career paths to UAE's critical sectors, thus empowering the workforce with future skills.

Dr Abdullatif Al Shamsi, HCT President & CEO noted that the course programs to be offered at the Academies have been designed in cooperation with Southern Alberta Technology Institute (SAIT) in Canada, which has global experiences in the professional education field. " The HCT leverages the launch of these academies, in partnership with the private companies, to support work environment-integrated education that achieves integration between the academic provision of knowledge and its applied skill, and the practical side related to refining the learner's skills through hands-on training and facing challenges," Dr Al Shamsi said.

Speaking at the signing, Obaid Mohammed Al Qatami, Acting Chief Commercial Officer of Emirates Post Group, said: "We are proud to collaborate with the Higher Colleges of Technology and this signing supports our government's directives in preparing a qualified national workforce for the retail and logistics sectors. At Emirates Post, we believe it is imperative to invest in education to produce a skilled national workforce for the future and, the introduction of the Higher Colleges of Technology's Sector Skills Academies will ensure that today's job seekers are equipped to succeed in the workplace."

He added, " We look forward to sharing our knowledge and expertise of the postal and logistics business with the students and to bringing graduates of the programme into our workforce. Given the evolution and expansion of e-commerce in the Emirates, we encourage our nation's youth to take advantage of the opportunities that this new qualification affords."

The first intake of Academy students will consist of 20 in each of the Logistics Academy and Retail Academy. HCT plans to open more academies in different industry sectors, in the coming years. As part of the cooperation agreements, the 16 private sector partners will provide HCT with consultation services, in order to develop knowledge and training for UAE Nationals enrolled at the academies, as well as leveraging labour market-integrated learning practices. They will also collaborate with the HCT and its partners by hosting workshops and speakers, specialized in the fields offered at the academies.


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