MAF Dalkia MidEast workforce undergoes training

Joint venture to hold training courses for more than 1,000 employees

Over 1,000 staff will be trained in FM, Dalkia says (Supplied Image)
Over 1,000 staff will be trained in FM, Dalkia says (Supplied Image)

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MAF Dalkia’s entire Middle East workforce received intensive training in facilities management, HVAC and other operational maintenance as part of its 2011 plans, the company’s CEO said on Tuesday.

With more than 1,000 staff in the region, it was a fairly major undertaking, and the training included cooling processes, air conditioning and other key technical aspects facing companies that own buildings in the Middle East.

“Facilities management is a dynamic sector and the more training that FM providers in the Middle East conduct, the more benefit business owners in the region (would) derive from the services our industry provides,” Alexandre Mussallam, CEO of MAF Dalkia said in a statement.

He added that the company needed a minimum of one training session per year for its Middle East-based staff.

In the last year, MAF Dalkia - a joint venture between Majid Al Futtaim Ventures and Dalkia - has signed high profile contracts with Du, Sharjah International Airport and the Abu Dhabi Government.

The three year contract with Sharjah International Airport was the first aviation related contract for the facilities manage and will see it provide MEP and specialised maintenance for airfield systems and equipment.

For Du,  MAF Dalkia will handle MEP, energy management, health and safety reviews, administrative tasks and a range of hard and soft FM services across more than 3,400 sites across the UAE.

“As MAF Dalkia heads into 2011, its training needs will increase so that it keeps up with the latest developments in the maintenance and operational fields, enabling the company to enhance its current facilities management offerings,” Adina Barsan, international training project manager, Campus Veolia Environment, said.

“In addition, (the company) plans to focus and invest in certifying its employees on core business skills in order to offer a consistently high level of service,” Barsan said.

The Veolia Environment Group carries out about 825,000 training hours per year, with more than 17,300 trainees per year.

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