InfoFort and CUD in skills transfer partnership

InfoFort and CUD in skills transfer partnership
Shaheen believes businesses have a key role in moulding and training the youth with transferable skills.
Published: 10 September 2018 - 7:32 a.m.
By: David Ndichu

InfoFort, an information management solution provider, recently announced a partnership agreement with the Canadian University Dubai (CUD) to train and provide job opportunities to students pursuing careers in information management and related fields.

Through this partnership, selected students will receive hands-on training that focuses on developing their technical and business skills, mentorship from InfoFort’s senior executives, as well as an opportunity to enter the company’s internship programme.

Abed Shaheen, the CEO of InfoFort said by focusing on skills transfer in general and technology and information management one, in particular, InfoFort aims to nurture the youth’s interest in technology, allow them to experiment, access resources, get hands-on experience with real-life situations and build networks for future career opportunities.  “This will definitely get them ready and also more competitive as they enter the workforce or even if they decide to go on their own,” Shaneeh added

The overall aim is to equip them with the necessary skill sets and complement academia and spark their interest in technology, Shaheen said.

As part of this agreement, InfoFort and CUD will also collaborate on applied research projects to help students advance their skills and knowledge in their chosen area of specialisation.

The UAE ICT market witnessed remarkable growth in the past two decades and continues to grow and support the nation’s advancements particularly across aviation, healthcare, retail, finance and manufacturing sectors, Shaheen observes.

“As part of its growth vision, the UAE has laid special emphasis on empowering its national human capacity, particularly in the field of STEM education and today as one of the most advanced digital economies in the world, it is strongly positioned to support, nurture and build a strong workforce capable of contributing to global advancements in the near future,” Shaheen said.

This is not the first time InfoFort has been involved in similar initiatives. “It all began when we asked ourselves how we could as an organisation utilise our skills and capabilities and apply it to where it matters most. With this in mind, we created InfoCare - InfoFort's platform for empowering information-driven sustainability initiatives.”

The InfoCare platform covers three main areas, Environment (InfoGreen); humanity (InfoSave); and youth development (InfoGrow).

“Youth development and skills building are core to our sustainability platform. Over the years we’ve worked closely with a number of educational institutes and youth organisations to empower students to receive hands-on training to develop technical and business skills, in addition to receiving mentorship from InfoFort employees and an opportunity to intern at the company,” added Shaheen.

“We are proud of what we’ve achieved through InfoGrow and how it has empowered the youth living in marginalised communities to develop their IT skills to join the workforce and ultimately become self-sufficient,” he Said.

As a UAE-based global information management solutions provider, pursuing a higher purpose and being impactful is rooted in InfoFort’s culture and DNA, said Shaheen.

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Shaheen believes businesses have a key role in moulding and training the youth with transferable skills that can help them develop, grow, enter the workforce and be self-sufficient.  “Our community-based initiatives not only serve as a stepping stone for young talents to pursue a career in the IT sector but is also in alignment with the UAE government’s efforts in encouraging and building a strong calibre of young talent for the future.”

InfoFort began its operations in the UAE in 1997 and today is one of the leading information management solution provider with more than 2,000 customers in 25 cities in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. “Given our experience and 20 plus years in the UAE, we have the capacity to scale up and offer these transferable skills and internship opportunities as needed,” Shaheen asserted.

“This initiative serves as a stepping stone for young graduates who are eager to pursue a career in this field,” he added.

InfoFort has a long-term roadmap in its youth-empowerment initiative. CEO Shaheen said the company intends to reach out to as many educational institutes and youth organisations across all the markets it operates in. To further promote this skill sharing initiative InfoFort launched SkillPowerment initiatives in 2015 to allow other like-minded companies to connect with the youth.

The platform aims to address the alarming youth unemployment and poverty rates in the Middle East and Africa region, said Shaheen. “SkillPowerment challenges typical "No Budget" excuses. It starts with the premise that doing good does not always require financial commitments and that we can create significant impact through sharing certain skills,” he added.

“We see this as a duty and a part of our active citizenship. We believe as organisations and individuals it is our moral obligation to actively participate in improving and building a better future for our communities, societies and economies,” Shaheen concluded.

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