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Signing Resized20170311092548479A Memorandum of Understanding have been signed between Expo 2020 Dubai and Jebel Ali Free Zone to integrate Expo's successful apprenticeship programme with Jafza's Tumoohi scheme

The Memorandum of Understanding means the tried and tested structure and content of the Expo programme will be absorbed into the existing Tumoohi (Arabic for ‘My Ambition’) scheme run by Jafza, the UAE’s flagship trade and logistics hub.

The aim is to provide an enhanced programme of more apprenticeship options that can boost the careers of increasing numbers of UAE graduates by combining knowledge and expertise from the on-the-job training they receive at the companies they join.

Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General, Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau, said: “Expo 2020 Dubai is about collaborative thinking – ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ – and we can help achieve this by working with the key stakeholders who share our ambition and empowering our youth with the skills that will help them shape a wonderful future for themselves.

“This will benefit not only the young people involved, but also our country as we move to an increasingly diversified, knowledge-based economy here in the UAE. Youth are our future and we need to equip them with world-class skills.”

Based on international best practice, the Expo 2020 Apprenticeship Programme has included a series of intensive and varied learning modules, as well as on-the-job experience at Expo 2020 Dubai departments, including commercial, communications, events, procurement and real estate development.
Apprentices have also benefited from expert mentorship and leadership coaching from members of the Expo 2020 Dubai team.

Jafza’s Tumoohi scheme follows a similar model, offering Emirati graduates in-house training and job placements within the free zone’s vast network of companies.

A signing ceremony for the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Expo and Jafza was attended by Her Excellency Al Hashimy and Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman and CEO of DP World Group, which is the parent company of Jebel Ali Free Zone and one of Expo 2020 Dubai’s Premier Partners.

As part of the agreement, a number of Tumoohi trainees will complete job placements at Expo 2020 Dubai, working alongside industry experts from across the world in various departments.

This initiative underlines Expo 2020 Dubai’s ambition to work closely with all its partners – in this case DP World Group – beyond the purely commercial terms of their agreements.

Sultan Bin Sulayem said: “This is a significant step towards realising theTumoohi scheme. We want to create a large talent pool of young nationals with the right technical skills and experience to meet the diverse needs of the UAE across the private and public sectors.

The current group will graduate from the programme this summer, with a proportion already confirmed to continue as fully fledged Expo employees.