Emirates Islamic reinforces commitment to Emiratisation with successful completion of Al Mustaqbal programme

May 27, 2014

Emirates Islamic, one of the leading Islamic financial institutions in the UAE, today announced that 13 Emirati youth had successfully completed the first phase of training under its in-house Al Mustaqbal initiative, bringing to a successful close, the six-month training programme for UAE National school graduates launched by the bank in November last year.

The successful trainees received their graduation certificates from Jamal Bin Ghalaita, Chief Executive Officer, Emirates Islamic, at a recent ceremony held at the bank. As part of Emirates Islamic's strategic plan to contribute to the career development of UAE nationals, the 13 successful candidates have been absorbed into the bank's branch network at various entry-level positions, including tellers and customer service executives.

The bank also announced that backed by its focus on training Emiratis, it had witnessed a 25 per cent increase in its UAE national staff in the last 12 months.

"With finance and banking relying on qualified human resources, training future leaders, with a special focus on local talent development, becomes an essential component of our business strategy," said Jamal Bin Ghalaita, CEO - Emirates Islamic. "We are committed to implementing structured Emiratisation development programmes, in line with the Nationalisation drive initiated by the UAE Government, and our objective is to offer UAE Nationals an opportunity to contribute to the growth of Islamic finance."

"The programme therefore envisages the need not only to recruit UAE Nationals, but also recognises their strengths and enables them to enhance their confidence, so that they are able to grow and develop their skills within the workplace," he added.

Emirates Islamic introduced two in-house training programmes for UAE National school and university graduates last year, as part of the bank's talent development strategy to train next generation Emirati leaders. The two programmes are being conducted in coordination with Emirates Institute for Banking & Financial Studies.

"Al Mustaqbal," a six month programme for school graduates up to the age of 20, included both class room and on-job training, with the trainees being deployed permanently with various divisions at Emirates Islamic upon completion of training.

"Today, we are proud to welcome on board, our first group of trainees who have successfully completed the six-month Al Mustaqbal programme, which is the first phase of a well-thought-out development plan for Emirati school graduates to enable them to experience a career in banking. We are confident that our continued commitment to Emiratisation will position Emirates Islamic as a preferred employer in the area of Islamic finance," concluded Bin Ghalaita.

Emirates Islamic also offers "Uni Grad" - a training programme for Emirati college students interested in a banking career. Open to UAE National university graduates up to the age of 27, the 12-month course is a fast-track career development initiative.