Etihad Airways Expands Emiratisation Program

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Etihad Airways is stepping up its efforts to recruit skilled, experienced UAE nationals for senior roles in the company throughout 2010, building on the considerable progress of its Emiratisation program over the past three years.

Following the incredible success we have had attracting high calibre Emiratis for trainee roles within the company such as cadet pilots and graduate managers we are deepening our strategy to include more direct hires of trained professionals. Our target is to have 75% our new Emirati employees drawn from this talent pool, said Etihads Chief Executive Officer, James Hogan. Direct hire Emirati professionals can expect to work in areas as diverse as top level management within the UAE and senior managerial roles in Etihad outstations across our expanding network.

Etihads Emiratisation program has more than 150 UAE national trainees deployed across the airline, including 102 cadet pilots, 30 graduate managers and 30 technical engineers.

The total percentage of UAE nationals working for Etihad Airways is currently 12% of the measured workforce and the target for 2010 is 15%.

Etihad Airways will open a new UAE National Career Centre this year to receive, assess, and recruit potential Emirati candidates at Etihad Airways. The centre will also offer career counselling and will oversee various recruitment campaigns in universities, colleges and career fairs across the UAE.

A new three month training program will also be offered this year to prepare Emiratis for positions in Etihads retail sales outlets across the country. The program is a new addition to the existing wide range of career opportunities for UAE nationals offered at Etihad through training programs including; a cadet pilot scheme; a technical engineering development program; and a graduate management development program.

To increase career opportunities for Emirati women in Al Ain, a new call centre will be launched in 2010, offering over 80 call operator and managerial positions to UAE nationals.

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