Sheikh Sultan Al Qasimi opens Career Fair for nationals

SHARJAH, 11th February, 2015 (WAM) — H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, today inaugurated the 17th National Career Exhibition at Expo Centre Sharjah, opening up thousands of employment opportunities for Emirati youth in the country’s public and private sector establishments.

With the government targeting better Emiratisation levels in several sectors, participating companies and organisations have also lined up several training programmes aimed at reducing the skills gap that is hindering them in their recruitment process.

As the three-day exhibition got under way, senior officials and recruitment personnel were unanimous in their call for better commitment and cooperation by all stakeholders to help integrate UAE nationals into the country’s workforce.

The opening was attended by Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Owais, Chairman of Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, SCCI, Saif Mohammed Al Midfa, SCCI CEO, and other officials.

“Our focus is on empowering national youth. We believe in a holistic approach, where aspects like education, training, recruitment and retention are fully covered. The government, educational institutions and private sector will have to work hand-in-hand to ensure that Emiratis get the right training, job opportunities and career growth,” said Saif Mohammed Al Midfa.

Exhibitors are also offering several training and skill enhancement programmes for national graduates to prepare them to join the workforce and help them grow in their careers. Additional activities like workshops, symposia, counselling and discussion sessions are introducing them to what a career in the private sector or a government job can offer in terms of pay, incentives, growth opportunities etc.

“There is more to Emiratisation than helping national graduates find their first jobs. It is about helping them acquire core competencies necessary for effective leadership and career growth in their organisation, which will ultimately prove beneficial for both the employer and the employee,” said Mr. Midfa.

At the National Career Show, Emirati youth will be able to explore a variety of career opportunities that suit their educational and professional qualifications at more than 100 public and private sector establishments, including some of the leading local and foreign banks, money exchanges, insurance firms, UAE Armed Forces, free zones and government departments.