Hyperlink sets up training programme

Hyperlink has formed partnerships with the American University of Beirut and the Lebanese American University to take on 30 of the brightest graduates for the Hyperlink Resources Development Centre.

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By  Zoe Moleshead Published  October 16, 2002

Hyperlink is teaming up with local universities to try and tackle the region’s skills shortage. The local consulting firm, based in Oracle Open World, has formed partnerships with the American University of Beirut and the Lebanese American University to take on 30 of the brightest graduates for the Hyperlink Resources Development Centre.

“We’re taking the first 30 students in December and we’re going to put them through six months of intensive training to turn them into consultants,” says Hani Harik, president of Hyperlink’s parent company, Emirates Computers.

The trainees will focus on the business consulting surrounding one of five areas — customer relationship management (CRM), financials, distribution, human resource management (HRM) or enterprise asset management (EAM). Running in parallel to academic studies, the students will work on actual projects alongside Hyperlink’s own consultants. “It is important that the students get experience of working on projects, so that they learn first hand project methods,” says Harik.

Applicants that pass the written and verbal tests to win a place on the scheme will study completely free. Hyperlink has devised the written exams and course work, based on its own experience as an Oracle certified training organisation. Successful applicants will study a series of soft management techniques.

“We are preparing these people to become business consultants, so the focus isn’t on the technical side of a project. We are looking for students from all areas,” says Harik.
Students have to commit to two years of work with Hyperlink anywhere around the Middle East & North Africa region.

“We’re giving students the chance to come out of university and earn good money with us. The experience the trainees gain will be invaluable. We are squeezing in the benefits of 10 years experience into just two years,” says Harik. “The experience that these people will have if and when they choose to leave will guarantee them immediate employment,” he adds.

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