Etihad Rail, the developer and operator of the UAE railway network, has announced that the first batch of Emirati nationals have completed the Railways Diploma Programme from the Abu Dhabi Vocational Education and Training Institute (Adveti).
Following this achievewment, these graduates will be employed by Etihad Rail DB, the company responsible for the operation and maintenance of Stage One of the national railway network.
The 10 students who joined the workforce are the first batch to finish the Railways Diploma Programme in the UAE, which was launched in 2017 under a partnership between Etihad Rail and Adveti.
The programme, which is the first of its kind in the country to provide Diploma in Railways, includes two years of theoretical training and one year of practical training, enabling the students to join Etihad Rail DB in full-time careers.
These students will now take over several technical positions, including that of train captain, traffic controller, locomotive and railway maintenance technician, and railway systems technician.
Etihad Rail DB CEO Saeed Salem Al Suwaidi said: "Our efforts to empower Emirati nationals are in line with the strategy of our parent company, Etihad Rail, which actively supports the Emiratisation policy in the country and encourages Emirati youths to join this vital field."
"We are proud to welcome the first batch of graduates who will represent the future of the railway sector in the country," he noted.
"During their years of theoretical and practical training, the graduates have demonstrated their dedication and ability to take on the challenge of acquiring knowledge in the railway sector, which is a completely new sector in the country, and have demonstrated great interest and passion in the field," he added.-TradeArabia News Service