Dubai: The Dubai Government Human Resources Department (DGHR) has collaborated with the global technology company SAP for an initiative to empower young Emirati for long-term career success in the fast-paced world of cloud computing.
The program has chosen a cohort of 30 Emirati university graduates who had to clear a rigorous selection process to embark on a training course.
The training program which will be hosted at SAP’s offices located in the tech-centric ecosystem Dubai Internet City, was inspired by discussions at a meeting earlier this year between H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, and SAP’s global CEO Christian Klein.
During their interaction, both of the leaders spoke about the importance of developing young Emirati talent, ultimately leading to the launch of the SAP Young Professionals Program tailored for recently graduated Emiratis from multiple entities including the Dubai Health Authority, Roads and Transport Authority, Al-Futtaim Group, Dubai Customs and Emirates Group.
Mr. Abdullah Ali bin Zayed Al Falasi, Director-General of DGHR remarked while welcoming students to the course at an event hosted at Dubai Internet City.
The 2-month intensive course for the Emirati cohort represents the 16th iteration of the SAP Young Professionals Program to be held in the UAE.
The training in the DGHR-focused program will comprise certification courses in SAP Analytics Cloud and RISE with SAP (SAP S/4HANA Cloud Implementation with SAP Activate), SAP’s enterprise resource planning solution.
The comprehensive development plan created by SAP aims to provide a solid foundation of excellence backed by certification to launch students’ careers. Participants graduate from the program as SAP Associate Consultants, enabling immediate employment by SAP customers and partners.
Sharing his thoughts about the collaboration, Mr. Zakaria Haltout, Managing Director at SAP UAE, highlighted that, “The UAE is a global role model in developing a digital economy, nurturing job creation, and encouraging young talents to embrace careers in technology. Equipping young people with digital skills will enable them to elevate digital management standards in UAE companies and lead innovation and digital transformation in a sustainable way. This program marks the start of an impactful partnership with Dubai Government Human Resources Department and shows how public-private partnerships can enable Emirati talent to lead the workforce of the future.”
SAP YOUNG PROFESSIONALS PROGRAM
Since its launch in 2012, the 3,730+ top students trained across 39 countries, including over 230 from the UAE, have graduated from the SAP Young Professionals Program.