ADPower, TAQA, EDF Ink MoU to Develop Training for Emiratis
Abu Dhabi Power Corporation (ADPower), which represents Abu Dhabi’s major water and electricity companies, and the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with French utility firm Electricite De France (EDF Group) to establish a training and development programme for UAE nationals.
The agreement will create a technical specialisation aimed at securing a pipeline of highly qualified local talent to support the water and energy sector’s long-term sustainability initiatives.
The MoU was signed on the sidelines of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW 2020) by the chief executive officer and managing director at ADPower, Jasim Hussain Thabet; the CEO of TAQA, Saeed Al Dhaheri; and the managing director of the Middle East at EDF, Laurent Clement.
As part of the agreement, ADPower, TAQA and EDF will explore the possibility of creating a training programme specifically designed to qualify Emirati professionals for technically demanding roles within the utilities sector, with a focus on improving home-grown capabilities, according to the state news agency, Wam.
The selected candidates are expected to receive training and employment opportunities within ADPower’s and TAQA’s subsidiaries.
The MoU also calls for a joint certification academy that trains UAE graduates as well as existing employees of ADPower and TAQA.
Commenting on the agreement, Thabet said: “Building on our Emiratisation agenda, which includes our recently launched Graduate Training Programme, we continue to explore avenues to attract and develop UAE nationals, equipping them with the best tools to perform and excel in their roles. We look forward to building on this commitment in the months and years ahead."