The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) said that over 300 young Emiratis have expressed interest in working for the company during ADNOC Technical Academy’s (ATA) 2nd annual ‘Open Day’.
According to a press release, the open day provided prospective students and their families an opportunity to learn about ATA’s training programme and how it is providing students with the skills and tools needed to pursue potential careers in the oil and gas industry.
“More than 3,500 people visited the ATA’s program web-page, signalling young Emiratis’ growing interest in joining the ATA’s on-the-job training programme,” the release stated.
ATA conducted its ‘Open Day’ as an invitation for prospective students and their parents to come to its Al Shawamekh campus to gain more insights on the academy’s academic curriculum and training programme, which is open for 17- to 25-year-olds who are UAE Nationals and have finished Grade 12 and UAE military service.
Dr Mohamed Taleb Al Menhali, manager of the ATA, said, “The number of applications received during our second annual ‘Open Day’ underlines the remarkable interest among our youth to pursue careers in the oil and gas sector. This year’s visitors – just as last year’s – showed an eagerness in upskilling themselves through the extensive training that ATA offers.
“We are committed to promoting Emiratis’ participation in the oil and gas sector, and we will continue to focus on nurturing their knowledge and skills. Our industry is one of the most dynamic industries in the world – one that is vital to the UAE’s socio-economic development. It is great to see young talent recognize this fact, showing enthusiasm and ambition in launching a career through the theoretical and on-site practical training that the ADNOC Technical Academy provides.”
The ATA’s curricula and on-the-job training are designed to enhance the skills, knowledge and competencies of their enrolled students and enable them to be successful oil and gas technicians and operators. Training includes one-on-one mentoring, hands-on knowledge-gaining sessions at job sites and on-the-ground views of ADNOC’s real-time working environment. It is led by industry experts, all of whom have years of experience in the oil and gas industry.
Established in 1978, the ATA has provided education and technical training to more than 5,000 Emiratis, who, upon graduation, joined ADNOC’s workforce. The ATA’s classroom, workshop and simulated trainings are designed to equip students with the wide range of operational, mechanical, electrical and instrumental skills needed to control oil and gas industry processes.
The 2.5-year academic programme combines a year of classroom learning, followed by a year and half of onsite on-the-job training. The curriculum integrates the latest technological advancements to ensure ATA graduates are well-prepared to work in ADNOC’s modern and innovative operational environments.
Based in Al Shawamekh, Abu Dhabi, the ADNOC Technical Academy is a large purpose-built campus with educational, technical and recreational facilities, in addition to a hostel that houses more than 500 students. It employs best-in-class educators and instructors from around the globe to ensure that students receive high-level general education and technical training before entering ADNOC’s workforce.