RTA offers training exposure to Emirati rail engineers in Singapore

DUBAI, 5th February, 2015 (WAM) — In the context of its training programmes aimed at qualifying and upgrading its human resources and empowering them to gain the best expertise and practical skills, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has despatched a group of Emirati engineers from the Rail Agency to Singapore to familiarise themselves with the best practices adopted in the field of operating and maintaining the Metro and Tram.

Ms. Kawther Kazim, Director of Human Resources and Development, Corporate Administrative Support Services Sector at the RTA, said, “The department is always keen on organising training programmes for its employees locally or abroad. The move stems out of RTA’s strategy which prioritises the enhancement of the skills and expertise of Emirati technicians in various fields, including the rail industry, with the aim of improving their performance and competence in their respective jobs, be it rail operation or maintenance.” The RTA, she added, was therefore keen on coordinating with the Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) and Singapore Mass Rapid Transport (SMRT) to dispatch a group of engineers to review the work processes at these entities, particularly as Singapore has a wealth of experience and plays a leading role in this regard. RTA’s Human Resources and Development Department is compiling and undertaking year-long professional improvement plans covering all jobs as well as career succession plans and job paths.

“This visit contributed to offering RTA’s engineers a range of benefits from on- site training in that environment, where they reviewed the best practices adopted by these respected entities in Singapore. The move is in line with the directives of senior management to care for Emirati staff and offer them exposure to a variety of technical fields as part of efforts to nurture a promising and potent generation capable of facing future challenges and contributing positive and excellent ideas enriching the business of the RTA,” she said.