H.E. Mohammed Omran Al Shamsi, Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology, and H.E. Juma Al Majid, President of the Board of Trustees of the College of Islamic and Arabic Studies Dubai (CIAS), signed an agreement this week to train 300 female citizens in Fujairah for the HCT/CERT Work Readiness Program.
This programme will provide an extra boost to the professional capabilities and skills in the area’s labour pool.
The signing ceremony was attended by Dr Tayeb Kamali, Vice Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology; Mohamed Ahmed Abdel Rahman, Director of CIAS in Dubai, College Deans, and a number of faculty members and students.
The signing of this agreement was in response to growth in the Work Readiness Program, which has grown from a previous enrollment of 200 to its current 300 students. The programme is free for all students enrolled and will further support women’s education in the UAE.
Under the agreement, HCT will administer the programme, and CIAS will host it and provide classrooms and equipment. Graduates of the Work Readiness Program will be given a certificate of achievement upon completion. The College of Islamic and Arabic Studies will provide logistics services, such as free transportation and all necessary equipment for students enrolled in the programme.
H.E. Juma Al Majid, President of the Board of Trustees of the College of Islamic and Arabic Studies, welcomed the signing of the agreement and noted that it will be modelled after the Dubai programme in which HCT has successfully trained 200 students.
H.E. Mohammed Omran Al Shamsi, Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology, praised the signing of the agreement, calling the programme a model of cooperation between academic institutions. He added that the Higher Colleges of Technology functions and responds to workforce requirements and needs, seeking to link study programmes and the workplace – keeping pace with latest world developments in knowledge transfer and learning methods.
His Excellency added that the good relations that link the Higher Colleges of Technology with other UAE higher education institutions contribute to the provision of outstanding educational and training opportunities. “HCT is proud to play a role in assuring that graduates of higher education programs are trained in the latest technology to better meet the needs of the labour market,” he said.
Dr. Tayeb Kamali, Vice Chancellor of HCT, said that he is pleased to work with the College of Islamic and Arabic Studies in this ambitious training project that is designed to give students the skills required for successful employment. These include skills in Arabic and English language, office skills, computers and other technologies and numeracy and mathematics. Dr. Kamali said that the Work Readiness Program duration is three semesters of 18 weeks of full time study – a total of 18 months in all.
It is worth mentioning that the programme is aimed at helping those who did not have the opportunity to complete their studies and so have found it difficult to enter the labour market. Upon graduating from the Work Readiness Program, students will be ready to join the work force in a variety of meaningful ways. Both colleges are committed to providing the most effective levels of higher education to meet the demands of the labor market.