On the directives of His Highness Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, member of the Executive Council and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Office, a new government-led career-building programme has been launched to enable school graduates, university graduates and job seekers gain additional skills and springboard their careers.

The new programme expands on existing upskilling initiatives that have matched more than 4,000 Emiratis to full-time jobs in 2021.

Led by the Department of Government Support (DGS), in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED), the Human Resources Authority (HRA) and Abu Dhabi School of Government (ADSG), the programme includes upskilling and personalised training in high-demand areas of science, digital technology, and data analytics – as well as career coaching.

It will also provide access to apprenticeships, internships, first-step careers and specialist and practical training opportunities through partners. Job-matching support across the public and private sector will help citizens grow and thrive in careers that match and expand their skill set.

Commenting on the launch, His Highness Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed said: “This investment in Abu Dhabi’s human capital aims to encourage a passion to explore, learn and grow, and to acquire the tools to excel in the jobs of today and tomorrow. By building on previous training programmes, we are providing ongoing support for our talented workforce to continue expanding their skills at all stages of their career, and help drive the future progress of the nation.”

His Excellency Ali Rashid Al Ketbi, Chairman of the Department of Government Support, said: “The launch of this initiative further strengthens synergies between the public and private sector by creating an ecosystem that connects fresh graduates and job seekers with career development opportunities. Alongside our partners, we are identifying the most in-demand skills of the future across a wide range of industries and providing personalised development plans tailored to each individual’s career path. The set of programmes will empower the Abu Dhabi workforce to prosper in a fast-evolving and dynamic economy.”