UAE keen on empowering young talent to drive progress: H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed.

The UAE government is committed to providing educational institutions with the resources they need to play their aspired role properly, particularly in empowering youth with enablers of progress and development as well as artificial intelligence so as to keep abreast of latest technology and meet labour market demands, stated H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Chairman of the Education and Human Resources Council.

Sheikh Abdullah made the remarks during a visit to the 10th edition of the Emirates Skills National Competition 2018, being organised under the patronage of H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union (GWU), President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF), at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

The national competition is the UAE’s premiere event that celebrates the outstanding Emirati talents in technical and vocational skills inspiring the young generation to get passionate about new trades and embrace technology-based career pathways. Held annually, the competition attracts UAE nationals, both young men and women, to compete in the field of craftsmanship and technology and be evaluated by a technical committee and internationally accredited experts based on the standards and judging criteria of the WorldSkills organisation.

Accompanied by Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, Mubarak Al Shamsi, Director-General of the Abu Dhabi Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, ACTVET, Ali Mohammed Al Marzouqi, Chairman of Emirates Skills in ACTVET, and leading senior national officials, Sheikh Abdullah learnt about the competition, which will see the participation of 423 competitors in 57 engineering, industrial and technological skills categories this year.

While interacting with the people of determination taking part in the event, Sheikh Abdullah admired their high capabilities and achievements in various industrial projects of interest to the state at present and in the future.

“The UAE and its institutions are working through global strategies to realise the aspirations of the country’s leadership in qualifying national competencies of high calibre in artificial intelligence and other technological and industrial fields,” Sheikh Abdullah said.

The competition, he further added, demonstrated the success of the leadership in implementing strategies that promote national institutional action to nurture and unearth Emirati talents with the aim of qualifying young talented minds to meet the requirements of sustainable industrial, economic and social development.

EmiratesSkills supports the industrial development of the UAE by providing the national youth with practical experience that will enhance their technical and vocational skills and involve them in applied technology activities through the establishment of technology-oriented clubs.

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs