Ministry of Human Resource & Emiratisation delegation visits Microsoft to meet latest cohort of Emirati trainees

  • Many students and job seekers have benefited from Tomoh’sonline skilling platforms, equipping them with digital capabilities.

June 7, 2021; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates –Senior officials from the Ministry of Human Resources & Emiratisationrecently visited Microsoft’soffices to gather insights and understand progress of the Microsoft Tomoh programlaunched in 2020 by H.E. Nasser bin Thani Juma Al Hamli ‎has been the Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation. The program’s mission is to ‘accelerate Emirati employability and economic impact through a set initiative including direct employment, digital skilling and social impact programs’​, making a new generation of Emiratis fit for the jobs and economy of the future.

A special delegation from the Ministry, headed by HE. Nasser Abdullah bin Kherbash, Undersecretary for Emiratisation and HE. Dr. Farida Abdulla Al Ali, Assistant Undersecretary of National Human Resources Employment, visited Microsoft to meet Tomoh graduates and discuss the government’s skilling and Emiratisation ambitions in further depth.

“UAE’s Emiratisation effort aims to increase the employment opportunities for local talent in the country and ensures that UAE nationals are active participants in the economic growth story,” said HE. Nasser Abdullah bin Kherbash. “Strategic partnerships like the one with Microsoft enable Emirati youth with adequate skillsets and opportunities within the company to excel in the field of technology. The Tomoh program provides new employees with a smooth onboarding process, as well as training, and skills development – making them future ready.”

Since the program’s launch in June 2020, a number ofEmirati graduates successfully joined the graduate trainee program, each gaining several certifications in a broad range of subjects, from soft and professional skills trainings to technical certifications, which will serve them well as they embark on their professional journeys and securing  full time employment with Microsoft.

Looking to the future, the new intake of graduates who started their journey with Tomoh in January, are predominantly female and include interns. In addition to meeting a direct training need, the programhas recently been extended to not only employ and train young Emiratis, but also support small and medium Emirati businesses.

“The Ministry of Human Resource & Emiratisation is aligned with the UAE’s vision to become a knowledge-based economy by equipping Emirati youth with skillsets to drive digital transformation and enhance the country’s global competitiveness,” said Sayed Hashish, General Manager, Microsoft UAE. “We support the country’s vision and its future as a ‘digital nation’, that not only harnesses the power of disruptive technologies, but constantly innovates to build its digital capabilities by upskilling and reskilling home-grown talent.”

The Tomoh program aims to promote lifelong learning, economic development and job creation across the country and wider region. The initiative is focused on three distinct pillars – pillar one is ‘Skilling for Employability’, that offers Emirati students, graduates, job seekers and entrepreneurs an opportunity to enhance their technical & professional skills through powerful digital skilling programs, including an online portal enabled by the Microsoft Cloud Society, and Microsoft Global Skilling Initiative.

Pillar two is ‘Emiratisation at Microsoft’ – that providesgraduate trainee and full-time opportunities for Emiratis to pursue careers at Microsoft and discover opportunities to accelerate their growth and spark the next wave of disruptive innovations.

The third pillar is ‘Social Impact’ –which provides opportunities for Emirati business owners, freelancers and entrepreneurs grow their businesses by providing their services to  Microsoft through its procurement channels and in partnership with ‘Microsoft for Startups’ a free, global program dedicated to helping B2B startups successfully scale their companies as well as provide. 

“The program provides a sustainable opportunity for Emirati nationals to promote lifelong learning and economic development in the UAE,” said Hamad Mattar, Head of Strategic Programs & Operations, Microsoft MEA. ”Talented Emirati individuals, driven by passion and energy, will be on the front line, spark the next wave of innovation in technology and embark on a journey with us to build new capabilities and drive real-world impact – empowering everyone to achieve more.”

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