The Government of the UAE’s Government Development and the Future Office has launched a unique initiative and the first of its kind in the region that engages leading private sector companies to actively participate in shaping the future of the UAE.
The “Future Partnerships” initiative is a platform where government and private companies in the United Arab Emirates can come together to identify future opportunities, create innovative solutions to future challenges and design impact-driven initiatives for the United Arab Emirates, the Emirates WAM news agency reported.
The first future trip was with LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional networking platform. The government of the United Arab Emirates and LinkedIn have announced the launch of the ‘Future Skills for Women’ program, which aims to equip 2,000 young Emirati women with the skills needed for future jobs and enable them to actively participate in the design and development. shaping the future of the UAE, and increasing its contribution to the UAE economy.
The initiative also offers young women the opportunity to obtain certificates specializing in future skills, which will empower them and improve their career development potential.
The signing of the partnership agreement took place in the presence of Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of State for Government Development and Future, Sue Duke, Vice President and Head of Global Public Policy at LinkedIn, Ali Matar, Head of Emerging Markets LinkedIn, Middle East & Africa, as well as a number of company executives in Dubai and Dublin.
Al Roumi asserted that the Future Partnerships Initiative translates directives from UAE leaders to make the government a platform to foster partnerships and leverage public and private sector expertise to co-create policies, projects and solutions that improve preparedness for the future.
She praised the central role of the private sector in promoting the country’s development, as well as the fruitful partnership with LinkedIn, which brings together skills and expertise and enables young people to build exceptional careers, calling on all companies to participate in initiative and become co-creators of the UAE’s journey to the future.
Al Roumi said that focusing on future skills is a fundamental direction and a top priority for the UAE government in a changing jobs landscape, where constant upgrading of skills and retraining are needed to follow. the pace of increasing disruption caused by technology in all sectors.
The Minister of State for Government Development and the Future noted that the Future Skills for Women program emphasizes the acquisition of future skills by young Emirati women, as part of the government’s efforts to achieve l ” gender balance in all sectors, improve the participation of Emirati women in public life and private sectors and equip them with the necessary skills to increase their competitiveness in the future labor market.
Sue Duke said, “We are proud of our partnership with the Government of the United Arab Emirates which has a proven track record in achieving gender balance, and we look forward to making further progress together to increase the representation of women in the economy of the future. ”
Duke added, “We need to ensure that women are well represented by making gender equality a priority for governments and businesses around the world. To achieve this, recruitment practices need to focus as much on skills and abilities as on formal qualifications. ”
As part of the partnership with LinkedIn, more than 2,000 young Emirati women will be trained in future skills to enable them to build distinguished careers and qualify for the changing demands of the job market, through 1,000 hours of training covering key skills such as lifelong learning. , communication and interaction, and technology.
In addition, the Future Skills for Women program will host virtual workshops and webinars with global experts, professionals and executives from the UAE and abroad, and host international speakers to share their knowledge and experiences.
The program will also create specialized virtual communities that will bring together participants and experts to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and ideas, connect program participants with companies that offer employment opportunities and help them advance their careers. .
It should be noted that women are key players in the UAE workforce, with a participation rate of over 46% and up to 66% in the public sector.