Tanmia and Microsoft train up UAE nationals

12 UAE national trainees can now be considered fully IT literate and thus better prepared to enter the job market thanks to their completion of Tanmia and Microsoft Gulf’s first joint training programme.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  March 13, 2006

12 UAE national trainees can now be considered fully IT literate and thus better prepared to enter the job market thanks to their completion of Tanmia and Microsoft Gulf’s first joint training programme. The two organisations recently hosted a ceremony in honour of the trainees' completing the course at Tanmia’s Technical Training Center. At this ceremony, the students - all job seekers registered with Tanmia - were awarded accreditation certificates, which Tanmia believes will boost their employment prospects. Microsoft worked with Tanmia to establish the Technical Training Center and develop the course curriculum as part of the former’s Unlimited Potential initiative. The IT programme itself was conducted in Arabic and English, and covered the fundamentals of computers, the internet, digital media, web design, presentation, word processing, database and spreadsheet applications. The Center’s team now plans to train 144 UAE national jobseekers through Tanmia each year. “We are very pleased to see the first batch of students graduating through the Center,” said Amna Al Nakhi, Microsoft Gulf’s academic programs and community affairs manager. The Technical Training Center started life last September with an initial intake of twelve UAE nationals who were trained as master trainers by Microsoft’s learning partner, Compubase. One of these trainers has now been employed directly by Tanmia on a full-time basis and is responsible for training fresh batches of jobseekers. “Information technology skills are essential for employment in the modern business environment. By empowering young nationals with these skills, we strive to make them an asset to any organisation,” commented Ayesh Al Barguthi, the director of Tanmia’s Employment and Skills Development Center.

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