10 Dec 2013 07:00
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) for the establishment of the HCT - Etihad Airways Centre for Education and Professional Development.
This Memorandum of
Understanding is part of Etihad Airways’ mandate to introduce new opportunities
in the UAE aviation sector for UAE nationals, and empower them to play an even
greater role in the airline’s world-class business.
The centre willbe
established with the aim of developing UAE nationals and preparing them for a
rewarding career in the aviation industry. Both Etihad Airways and HCT will
collaborate further to develop and offer a series of professional and executive
will include English language training, employability skills development,
academic educational programs in aviation science and management, and a variety
of other vocational and work related training programs that will prepare UAE
nationals to take up key roles in Etihad Airways’ expanding global network.
Etihad Airways’ Chief People and Performance Officer, said: “The most valuable
asset of any organisation is its people and that’s why staff development is
such a big focus for us. As the national airline of the UAE, and as part of our
support of the Abu Dhabi 2030 plan as well as the Absher initiative, we are
committed to training and developing a national workforce of skilled motivated
“As part of that
commitment we are once again collaborating with the Higher Colleges of
Technology to develop the capabilities, expertise and knowledge of young UAE
Nationals wishing to build a career in the aviation industry.”
Etihad Airways had
partnered with the HCT previously in a number of initiatives with over 120
students currently enrolled in various programs including the airline’s
Graduate Engineering program, IT program and Etihad Ground Services Agents
Chancellor, Dr Tayeb Kamali, said: “We are very pleased to be continuing our long
partnership with Etihad Airways, which has worked with us for many years to
help train and prepare HCT’s Emirati graduates for vitally important careers in
the aviation industry.
“This agreement is
a clear example of the HCT adhering to the fundamental principle that strong
partnerships with the community improve the learning experience of our
students, thereby providing them with the opportunities to reach their full
potential in the UAE workforce. As a national leader in community and industry
engagement, HCT is maintaining its commitment to student growth and achievement
through its strong focus on teaching and learning partnerships, such as this
will enhance the HCT’s emphasis on student-centred, hands-on and work place
relevant teaching practices which facilitate the development of our students as
graduates who are able to fully operate in today’s technology-driven
world,” he added.
Etihad Airways is
renowned as one of the UAE’s leading Emirati employers and has been widely
praised for its Emiratisation recruitment program. Currently the airline has
more than 1,400 UAE nationals employed
in various jobs spanning the spectrum of its operations.