Transguard Group has opened a new training facility valued at $1m (AED3.8m) in Dubai Investment Park (DIP).
In a statement, the company revealed that it has tasked the Centre of Excellence with training 75,000 Transguard staff by 2020.
Its workforce recently crossed the 60,000 employee mark, the company added.
Spanning 3,530m2, the new facility will host training courses for up to 450 staff members per day and is expected to run a near-24/7 operation during peak business periods.
Commenting on the new centre, Greg Ward, managing director, Transguard Group, said:
“Training and development at Transguard is more than just a vital management tool; it provides the foundation through which we create a motivated and passionate workforce, who are inspired to continuously improve, grow their careers and, in turn, provide the best possible service to our customers.
“With our new, purpose-built centre, we expect to train around 25,000 technicians every year, meaning our new Centre of Excellence will train 75,000 staff by 2020 – a significant number by any business standard.”
He continued: “Our objective is clear, we want to create one of the most agile, educated, and tech-savvy workforces in the region.”
Transguard further revealed that it has 39 trainers, team leaders, teachers, facilitators, and specialists based at the centre.
More than 170 courses will be undertaken, under nine key areas: administration skills, hard Skills, project management skills, reporting skills, soft skills, software and applications, technical skills, TG leadership skills, and TG management skills.
Additional courses range from office management, document control, building development, and critical thinking to social media strategy, team building, and managing safely.
Courses in specialist cleaning, K9 handling, and Lean 6 Sigma and English language courses will also be delivered at the centre.
“English is the universal language of business and a proficient command of the English language is vital. Language courses are offered to every member of the Transguard team, without exception,” added Ward.
The two-storey centre comprises offices, classrooms, and dedicated mock-up rooms, including a purpose-built apartment, office, clinic, and a fully furnished hotel room complete with a variety of materials and finishes requiring different maintenance solutions and methods.
The centre also features a K9 unit with kennels for 16 dogs to support Transguard’s specialist dog handling and detection training.
“We always try to anticipate market trends and we understand there will be many challenges ahead as the UAE, and wider region, adopt a knowledge-based approach to economic development. If we are going to safeguard sustainability, find more efficient ways of operating, and retain our market-leading position, we must embrace technology, develop our workforce, and innovate,” said Ward.
Transguard has also invested in the welfare of its staff, with refurbishment works being carried out at a number of its 26 accommodation centres. The company, along Al Tadawi Medical Centre, has also opened two medical facilities in its Muhaisna and Jebel Ali accommodation centres in Dubai.