ICDL brings better prospects

Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ADCCI) integrates ICDL in its Work Passport Programme to boost UAE Nationals’ job prospects.

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By  Sarah Gain Published  August 1, 2005

The Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ADCCI) has recently endorsed the International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) programme and integrated it in its Work Passport Programme with the aim of further improving the job prospects of UAE Nationals. The Work Passport Programme is a strategic initiative designed to train and to qualify nationals for job opportunities, as per the requirements of the private sector. The programme helps in improving the job prospects of UAE Nationals through an intensive three-month course. The ADDCI announcement is in response to a call by ICDL GCC Foundation, the governing body of the ICDL program in the Gulf States, to intensify IT literacy programs in order to reduce unemployed among nationals across GCC. “We take an active role in improving the employment prospects of UAE nationals through different initiatives. We are confident that the ICDL programme will add a great value to our IT training programme as the ICDL certification is recognised academically and practically by employers in the government and private sectors,” says Mohammed Omar Abdullah, director general, ADCCI. ICDL GCC Foundation is currently in the process of granting accreditation to two centres of ADCCI in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. The centres will adopt the standards of the ICDL programme and provide training and testing to UAE nationals enrolled in the Work Passport Programme to raise their IT competency levels. Jamil Ezzo, director general of the ICDL GCC Foundation believes the ADCCI has made an important step in adopting the ICDL qualification, one that will improve the job prospects for young UAE nationals. “The Work Passport Programme is an appropriate initiative for integrating ICDL training, because it covers all major areas of today’s work environment. ICDL and the Work Passport Program together add value to the jobseekers when they enter the job market, as possessions of basic IT skills helps them excel at the workplace. The UAE’s increased focus on digitisation and its emergence as a knowledge-based economy has created an added emphasis on IT proficiency,” he says. The Work Passport Program covers topics such as career guidance; work conduct and ethics; marketing and customer care; writing skills; English language applications; basic computer skills and Internet applications and the integration of ICDL in the Work Passport Programme will significantly boost employment opportunities for UAE Nationals, opening up new avenues of job opportunity. Ezzo also urges other government departments in the GCC to initiate similar programmes to maximise the contribution of Nationals in the workforce. “As the region moves ahead towards the creation of a strong knowledge based economy, complemented by the automation process, knowledge of basic IT and internet skills are becoming prerequisite at the workplace as well as to improve the quality of life of the society. We are totally committed to work in partnership with the governments of the GCC region to further IT literacy to all parts of society,” he concludes.

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