Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA) has launched the fourth iteration of its two-year Qiyadi programme as the UAE looks to deepen the knowledge and skills base of its engineers.
The course is built upon three pillars, according to a statement from the Dubai Media Office.
The first, implemented with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), is designed to enable inductees to handle “practical projects, offering them exposure to technical experience”, in turn qualifying them as chartered engineers and gaining permanent ICE membership.
The second pillar is focused on leadership and has been run in conjunction with the Innovation Hub at the UK’s Middlesex University, "tailored to the future leaders of the RTA".
Lastly and catering to health, the third pillar is conducted in cooperation with Dr Dani Hamawi, aimed at grooming competent nationals that are capable of steering the future of Dubai.
This aspect of Qiyadi provides customised programmes for participants to educate them about the health and physical requirements that will help them in handling work-related stress.
Speaking on the news, Mansour Al Falasi, director of human resources and development at RTA’s corporate administrative support services sector, said 20 Emirati staff engineers have been enrolled under the fourth cycle.
“Qiyadi reflects RTA’s commitment to the directives of our government, aimed at grooming competent nationals that are capable of steering the future of Dubai, through engaging them in programmes contributing to the realisation of RTA’s strategic objectives,” he added.
Training and educational development remain key business issues in the region’s construction sector.
The end of May this year saw 60% of respondents to a Construction Week survey reveal that their company or organisation fail to provide any training or professional development courses last year.