15 Nov 2020

UAE's du to foster young talents as part of latest Emiratisation drive

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UAE's du to foster young talents as part of latest Emiratisation drive
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du, from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), will be resuming its Graduate Trainee Program.

The Graduate Trainee Program, which starts in November and will run over 12 months, seeks to develop future leaders and accelerate the personal and professional development of young national talent.

The programme is aligned with du’s Emiratisation plan to provide aspiring professionals with a platform to pursue a telecommunications industry career.

Fahad Al Hassawi, Acting CEO, EITC, said, “du has recognised the ability of youth across the country since its inception. As such, there has always been a strong eagerness to attract national talent to assist in leading the company’s strategic directions and achieving long-term goals and aspirations. The world today continues to witness widespread transformation, especially in terms of the labor market and the necessary skills that have emerged to drive digital transformation.”

He added, “We believe that national organisations have a responsibility to empower youth and provide platforms that will equip them with the tools and knowledge required to succeed in their desired careers. The Graduate Trainee Program reaffirms our commitment to not only enhancing the expertise and skillsets of Emirati youth, but also supporting the vision of our wise leadership in laying solid foundations for a sustainable knowledge-based economy led by Emiratis.”

The Program has been designed to nurture talent through several development phases, which will ensure individuals are suitable for digital and technical roles. du intends to hire 15 Graduate Trainees to occupy various positions within the company, with each selectee having a unique learning plan pertaining to their respective positions.

12-month programme

Successful candidates in the graduate program will be introduced to their departments and specific roles, and will be assigned a mentor to assist them in their progress, receiving regular assessments and feedback.
Graduate Trainees will develop individual skills, featuring technical and skill-based training, rotation across key business functions, practical training and reviews, and professional technical certifications. Interaction with management through department meetings and projects will be a regular activity, as will networking with people and mastering presentation skills. 

Industry exposure

In addition to attending conferences, workshops, and seminars, Graduate Trainees will gain exposure to additional responsibilities and projects in months seven to nine, adopting best practices and exploring local and global opportunities through secondment programs with partners such as Nokia, Huawei and KPMG.

Holistic career development

The final phase revolves around Graduate Trainees taking control, performing roles and responsibilities independently while further developing self-awareness and holistic capabilities. Participants will also understand essential managerial and leadership skills through online and on-job training concerning stretched assignments, new projects, and being involved in decision-making processes.

The digital and technical roles du is looking to fill as part of the 2020 Graduate Trainee Program include Virgin Mobile Customer Value Management Specialist, Regulatory and Economic Specialist, Fraud Specialist, Legal Specialist, Enterprise Architecture Specialist, OSS specialist, BSS Specialist, Revenue Assurance Specialist, UX Design Specialist, Digital Insight - Commercial, API & Integration Specialist, User Acceptance Specialist, Cloud Architect Specialist, Data Science Specialist, AI Solution Designer.

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