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Abu Dhabi Colleges launches the ‘Absher’ initiative to its students

The Higher Colleges of Technology’s Abu Dhabi Colleges today launched its first activity to support the ‘Absher’ initiative phase, aimed at the Colleges students and graduates, at Khalifa City Women’s College.

The ‘Absher’ (Good News) initiative was launched on 29 November 2012 in Abu Dhabi by H.H. Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, under the directions of UAE President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The initiative is a multi-pronged programme to boost the stability and welfare of UAE citizens, by enhancing their participation in the labour market.  In particular the initiative aims to increase the number of nationals working in the private sector; by creating new positions, altering perception of the private sector and offering various incentives to increase the appeal of working in the private sector.

HCT is one of 16 bodies and organisations to sign agreements for Phase 2 of the ‘Absher’ Initiative, which is being overseen by the Ministry of Presidential Affairs. Phase 2 is designed to create 3,768 jobs for Emiratis. These jobs will be in addition to the 20,000 jobs created over the next five years, announced in Phase 1.

The Colleges’ first event was introduced by Abu Dhabi Colleges Director Sultan Hussein Karmostaji, and featured a talk given by guest speaker H.E. Fahad Saeed Al Raqabani General Manager of Abu Dhabi Council for Economic Development (ADCED), in which he introduced the benefits that the initiative would give to students and new graduates to attract them into the private sector. Also in attendance was Salama Al Murakhi from the Ministry of Presidential Affairs.

Over four hundred students attended. Students said that the talk gave them another perspective of the private sector and that they would consider the many options opening up to them.

The Abu Dhabi Colleges will be hosting more events to support the ‘Absher’ initiative over the coming academic year; raising their activities with the private sector, and supporting students considering the private sector as part of their career progression.

The event also marked the launch of a student majlis at each of the three College sites, where students can hold discussions and participate in workshops to help prepare them for the workplace.

The Abu Dhabi Men’s College website will also be hosting a space dedicated to the ‘Absher’ initiative with a direct link to the official ‘Absher’ initiative website for students to get the latest information and links to other participating organisations.

Mr. Karmostaji stated “We welcome this initiative to support Emirati nationals, and our students in particular; by offering them more opportunities for work and especially in the private sector.” He added, “They will benefit greatly by having more options available to them; plus the ability to engage with other cultures and enhance the standing of Emirati nationals across the entire workforce.”

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