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ADSIC and Oracle team up to train Emirati graduates

Training program established to increase local skills in databases, business applications and Java development

ADSIC and Oracle team up to train Emirati graduates
HE Rashed Lahej Al-Mansoori signing the agreement with Mark Hurd, CEO of Oracle.

Abu Dhabi Systems & Information Centre (ADSIC) is set to launch a program with Oracle, which will train Emirati graduates in IT skills.

The Workforce Development Programme will focus on delivering industry-relevant IT skills training in business applications, database and Java development, with the aim of supporting the UAE Government's nationalisation policies, and to provide more diverse opportunities for Emiratis in the workplace.

HE Rashed Lahej Al-Mansoori, director general at (ADSIC) stated: "We firmly believe in the importance of empowering Emirati youth who are entering the workforce for the first time. Providing them the necessary IT tools, skill sets and targeted career guidance, counseling and training, is an important step in enabling them to pursue job opportunities within the private sector."

The collaboration with Oracle underscores the Authority's ongoing efforts in strengthening and promoting Abu Dhabi's e-lifestyle from Emirati graduates to well-established Government entities, Al-Mansoori added, while supporting the UAE's national aspirations of forming a robust and home-grown private sector.

"Diversity and inclusion are part of Oracle's business strategy," said Abdulrahman El Thehaiban, Oracle vice president, Middle East and Africa. "The multiple perspectives and experiences that our talented employees bring to their work every day drive creativity, innovation, and effective decision-making. This programme will equip Emiratis with highly relevant IT skills that we know are in high demand in the UAE. We look forward to enriching the Oracle skills pool through this programme."

His Excellency Ali Rashid Al Ketbi, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Tawteen Council added that the training program would help to meet the need for IT skills in the UAE.

"Oracle is one of the largest technology giants in the region. Working with the Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Centre, this project falls within our plans to transfer the knowledge and experience to the youth of the UAE. It is consistent with good leadership in the era of the knowledge economy and the strength of data and new technologies.

"The labour market, especially in the private sector, suffers clearly from a lack of national cadres in modern software technologies and solutions. We hope to contribute to the development of a generation of citizens at this level of knowledge, skill and experience. This initiative is a clear message to other employers to take responsibility for their national workforce development by implementing specialised training programmes in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in cooperation with ADSIC."

The programme will begin immediately, and offer eligible Emirati youth training on technical competencies in high demand in today's market.

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