Friday 29 May 2020

UAE Cabinet agrees national strategy for advanced skills

DUBAI, May 27, 2019

The UAE Cabinet has approved the Strategy for the Advanced Skills National Programme which includes strategic objectives to position the UAE as a world leader in the field of advanced skilled development. It represents a comprehensive system that employs future skills in vital areas in the UAE.

The Cabinet meeting, chaired by the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, was attended by Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior.

Sheikh Mohammed said that the UAE is making education a top priority and making it sustainable, diverse and adaptable to the requirements of future development plans. "We want Emiratis to be prepared for the changes around us and equipped with advanced skills that maintain UAE’s competitive edge," he added.

The Strategy for the Advanced Skills National Programme reflects the proactive and agile government vision for the future and aims to achieve community happiness and adopt best practices. The programme's strategy is based on five key themes and a number of initiatives aimed at employing advanced skills in vital areas such as education, economy and the quality of life.

The first element of strategy includes the definition of advanced skills, identified through the study of international systems and models of advanced skills required in UAE’s government and job market, in collaboration with over 70 different entities and companies representing 13 sectors locally and globally.

Twelve different skills have been identified for the UAE in four main categories: basic skills, competencies, personal traits, and specialised skills.

The second element includes advanced skills measurement tools, which will be done through a number of partnerships with international organisations, research institutions and academia to develop skills measurement mechanisms.

The third element aims to identify the target groups. The national program aspires to reach a number of target groups: students at various academic and academic levels, new graduates and employees in the public and private sectors.

The fourth element includes policies and programs, to ensure the participation of stakeholders, and build strong partnerships with the private sector, as well as develop the content of educational and training programs.

The fifth element is to inspire the community by raising awareness of the importance of advanced skills and providing opportunities for all groups to acquire advanced skills and lead their own development through continuous learning.

The UAE Cabinet also adopted the formation of the Advanced Skills Council to oversee relevant policies, programmes and initiatives. The Council includes representatives from the Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization, The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources, the Federal Youth Authority, Advanced Sciences portfolio, Artificial Intelligence portfolio, the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge, and Knowledge and Human Development Authority. – TradeArabia News Service


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