EGA: UAE nationals take up 39.8% of in-focus roles in Emiratisation push

The UAE smelter currently employs more than 1,100 UAE nationals and around 840 of these employees are under the age of 35

EGA employed 150 Emiratis in 2019.
Wam
EGA employed 150 Emiratis in 2019.

UAE-based the world's largest premium aluminium producer Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has revealed that UAE nationals take up around 39.8% in-focus roles at the smelter, as the company hit the highest rate of Emiratisation in its 40-year history in 2019.

According to the UAE’s state-held news agency, Wam, EGA recorded the nationalism number through its focus on attracting and developing talented youth.

In 2019, 150 Emiratis joined EGA, with 24 being the average age of new joiners. EGA currently employs more than 1,100 UAE nationals and around 840 of these employees are under the age of 35.

The company revealed that seven members of its Executive Committee originally joined as fresh graduates in the 1980s. EGA’s 18-month graduate training programme typically enrols more than 100 graduate trainees at any time, with the trainee later being appointed to permanent roles within the organisation.

EGA has introduced a trainee scheme for school leavers to develop technical skills that will help them secure jobs within operational roles at EGA’s smelters and power plants.

The company’s management training courses is attended by 2,500 employees from graduates to executive leaders each year. And, EGA’s technical training programmes are also recognised and accredited by the Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority.

EGA employs more than 1,500 professionals including 500 UAE nationals in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Chief executive officer of EGA, Abdulnasser bin Kalban said that the company aims to provide opportunities to enable new joiners to reach their full potential, adding, “our success as a company depends on the skills and commitment of our people".

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