Nuclear energy experts needed to meet UAE targets

ENEC needs to double its workforce by 2020 to meet UAE energy targets

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The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has grown almost 20 times in size since 2009 and will continue to expand.

ENEC started with just 64 employees in 2009. 

The company now employs 1,200 workers of more than 35 different nationalities, including 762 Emirati nationals, keeping inline with ENEC’s 60% Emiratisation target.

Over the next six years, ENEC will need to more than double in size to meet targets of delivering clean and reliable nuclear energy to the UAE by 2017 and 25% of the UAE’s electricity needs by 2020.

“Developing a new nuclear energy sector is a significant undertaking,” said Mohamed Al Hammadi, chief executive officer of ENEC.

“In order to achieve our objectives and deliver our project on time, ENEC require a large and diverse group of talented individuals to drive our program forward, including a mix of experienced professionals and fresh talent.

“ENEC is working to ensure Emiratis play a decisive role in the UAE’s nuclear energy industry, and we are proud that our rapid growth has been achieved while maintaining the organisation’s commitment to Emiratisation.”

ENEC’s Energy Pioneers programme develops science students, engineering graduates and experienced professionals, equipping them with all they need to thrive in the emerging nuclear energy sector.

ENEC says the programme is critical to build a national skill base to staff the growing industry.

It offers a wide range of technical and degree scholarships which could lead to graduates securing jobs as technicians or engineers.

To date, ENEC has awarded scholarships to more than 340 Emirati nationals.

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