Training programme demand up 15pc in Ramadan
Dubai, July 14, 2014
International House Dubai (IH Dubai), a leading institution offering practical skills-based courses with international accreditation, has reported a 15 percent increase in admissions to training programmes during Ramadan, compared to the monthly average in the first half of the year.
The company attributed this rise to the reduced working hours in the public and private sectors, which allows more executive trainees to enroll in training sessions for career development, said a statement.
Clair Hattle, director, IH Dubai, said: “Business continuity and performance are the main challenges for employers during Ramadan, but soft skills improvement for employees can bring benefits for both employers and employees, especially if the programmes offer certificates with international accreditation.”
These qualifications are preferred mainly by UAE nationals because they hold value in the Emiratisation drive, opening new doors to rewarding careers in the private sector, said Hattle.
“We have seen a dramatic increase in demand for management programmes and English, and we responded by developing a flexible schedule during Ramadan until July 28. We expect the higher demand for such programs to continue until the end of 2014,” she said.
A majority of trainees during Ramadan are middle managers who are climbing up the ladder in their professional career paths. They choose Ramadan because of reduced workload in their workplace, and this leaves room for pursuing skills development programmes, said the statement.
Failan Saleem, marketing director, IH Dubai, said: “We reduced the registration fees by 15 per cent until the end of this campaign on July 28, however training can commence anytime before December 31. Our aim for this offer is to encourage companies in the UAE to consider this period for employees’ skills improvement.”
IH Dubai has been operating in Dubai for the past 10 years. It is part of IHWO, a 61-year-old body that represents a network of institutions worldwide committed to implementing high quality standards in education and training. - TradeArabia News Service