Fifth batch of Emirati youth graduate high-profile work readiness program

Education For Employment (EFE), in partnership with Citi Foundation and Ras Al Khaimah Human Resources Department (RAK HR), has completed a fifth successful work readiness training program for young Emirati talent, as part of Citi Foundation's Pathways to Progress program.

The newly graduated cadre of young Emirati engineers underwent two weeks of rigorous training designed to equip them with essential life skills needed to enter the UAE job market; with Ras Al Khaimah Human Resources Department working with private sector companies to offer internships as an opportunity to gain critical onsite experience.

His Excellency Dr. Muhammad Abdul Latif Khalifa, General Director of the of Human Resources Department, stressed the importance of such programs, as they contribute significantly in the enhancement of local youth talent, allowing job seekers to identify the essential employability skills needed in the workforce. His Excellency added: "We are aware of the importance of training and qualifying a new generation that has excelled in various fields, and we realize the pivotal role of such programs in investing in the potential of Emirati human resources and enhancing innovation-based knowledge."

"The EFE Job Training and Placement Program, in partnership with Ras Al Khaimah Human Resources Department, and supported by Citi Foundation through Pathways to Progress, was launched in 2018, and to date, we have graduated 128 Emiratis as they prepare to enter the workplace in what is becoming an increasingly competitive and demanding job market. Partnering with respected high-profile entities like Citi Foundation, opens a world of career opportunities for young Emirati talent," said Dima Najim, Managing Director, EFE-UAE.

"The Citi-EFE partnership is playing a key role in supporting UAE youth talent by creating optimum conditions to help them go on to realize their full potential. Our collaboration, with the support of Ras Al Khaimah Human Resources Department, reflects Citi's and EFE's shared belief that by empowering resilience and providing the right skills and economic opportunities, young people can transform their lives and contribute to their community.," said Elissar Farah Antonios, MENA Cluster Head and CEO of Citi UAE.

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