The UAE has launched a new initiative called the “Industrial Plan” aimed at building local capabilities and increasing the Emiratisation of the industrial sector.
According to the Emirates News Agency, the program is the result of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT), the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization (MoHRE), and the UAE Council for Talent Competitiveness (Nafis) Wan.
The Entrepreneur Program is a training program aimed at upskilling national cadres and helping them secure skilled jobs in the industrial sector.
As part of the National Domestic Value (ICV) programme, the MoU aims to empower talent, develop skills and provide employment opportunities for UAE nationals. MoIAT, MoHRE and Nafis will cooperate to implement goals, legislation and special programs.
The signing ceremony was attended by Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology; and Sarah Al Amiri, Minister of State for Public Education and Advanced Technology.
The MoU was signed by Omar Al Suwaidi, Undersecretary of MoIAT; Ahmad Yousuf Ahmad Al Nasser, Assistant Undersecretary of MoHRE; Ghannam Al Mazrouei, Secretary General of Nafis.
Deputy Minister MoIAT said: “MoIAT supports partnership and collaboration with all government agencies and agencies as well as the private sector through the National Industrial and Advanced Technology Strategy. It is committed to promoting industrial growth and competition by leveraging the enablers and incentives provided by the National ICV Program while creating more high-quality jobs for Emiratis in the private sector.As an initiative of the national ICV programme, the Industrialist Program will help increase skilled job opportunities for UAE nationals.
“MoIAT has launched several initiatives to support growth and industrial competitiveness such as Manufacturing in the UAE, National ICV Program and Technology Transformation Programme. These initiatives further strengthen the industrial sector’s competitive edge and drive, offering local and international investors opportunities while empowering national talent and developing capabilities and skills.”
Noting that the MoU will create new opportunities, Al Suwaidi said: “The Industrialists Program will develop national talent and provide them with the skills they need to thrive in technical and professional jobs. The program will adapt the national training program to meet the needs of factories requirements. It will also reflect ICV Certification Corporation’s commitment to Emiratisation.”
For his part, Al Mazrouei highlighted the importance of collaboration between the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, and the UAE Talent Competitiveness Council in launching the Industrialist Program to train and upskill UAE industrial talent with companies in the sector Technical work to link Emiratesization requirements with ICV certification.
He said: “All our efforts are in support of the objectives of this MoU, including Nafis’ unique initiatives, which are combined with other national initiatives such as the Domestic Value Program to support Emirati talent in the private sector. Cooperation among the UAE is a positive and effective indicator that can support initiatives to empower national talent in the fields of industry and advanced technology.The industrial sector is one of the strategic sectors in the UAE and is expected to create employment and training opportunities for the UAE to engage and value the sector growth and expansion.”
Al Nasser commented: “The sustainable industries and technology sector is a priority in the Emiratisation policy as they are one of the key sectors capable of absorbing the young Emirati talent that we hope will contribute to shaping the UAE’s centenary celebrations in 2071. The UAE continues to encourage Innovative sectors with high added value, new and sustainable production mechanisms, and support and empower young national talents to take initiative and contribute effectively.
“This MoU aims to accelerate the pace of Emiratisation and create new jobs in the private sector, especially in areas that will shape the future. It also encourages our youth to take the path of industrial entrepreneurship.”
Al Nasser highlighted the importance of the private sector’s contribution to Emiratisation, as well as the high-skilled jobs held by most of the Emirati talent listed in the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation. He noted that this is in line with the target of increasing Emiratisation by 2% per annum, reaching 10% growth by 2026, which would have a “positive impact on the local economy and the private sector”.
Areas of cooperation included in the MoU include launching the Entrepreneurs Program and working with training institutions and industry to develop training programs for the UAE. MoIAT will link factories together under the scheme. A Special Emiratisation Committee, chaired by MoIAT with MoHRE and Nafis as members, will also be established within the framework of the National ICV Program to ensure the objectives of the Program are met.
MoIAT, MoHRE and Nafis will launch a national campaign to create local industrial jobs. The three parties will coordinate to achieve the goals of the Industrialists Program. MoIAT will work with MoHRE to establish a process for exchanging Emiratisation information and linking it to ICV accreditation. Nafis will also fund and support training programs in accordance with prevailing standards applicable to beneficiaries who meet program and program eligibility requirements.
The MoU is in line with MoIAT’s strategic objectives to support the UAE’s industrial sector, boost the national economy and expand the national ICV programme. Spending by manufacturers in the national economy will reach AED53 billion (US$14.4 billion) in 2022, helping to increase the rate of emiratization in the private sector. Rising domestic spending increases demand for national goods and services. The national ICV program also achieved a number of milestones in 2022, most notably the admission of six new entities to the program, bringing the total membership to 20 local, federal and government agencies, as well as national corporations.
The MoU strengthens MoIAT’s integration and partnership with MoHRE and Nafis, in line with MoIAT’s policy to promote, recognize and encourage the industrial sector, strengthen the national ICV program and increase the UAE’s attractiveness to investors.
The role of MoHRE in the partnership is critical as it will upskill the local labor market. The MoHRE is implementing a strategic plan to ensure that the UAE’s labor market empowers Emiratis and attracts talent to support the development of a knowledge-based economy.
Nafis aims to create sustainable human capital for the private sector. This supports the UAE’s economy and contributes to the competitiveness of Emirati talent, enabling them to be employed in the UAE’s private sector.