By Ismail Sebugwaawo
Khaleej Times, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) A top government official in the UAE who leads a task force on workforce development says that there is need for schools especially universities, to prepare young people to become critical thinkers, innovators, and entrepreneurs.”
The future of young Emiratis lies in “job creation and self-employment”, according to a top government official.
Essa Al Mulla, chief of National Workforce Development, Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), said at present there is a necessity for entrepreneurship and that young people have to change the way they look at things.
“Young people need to change from the thought of being employed in government departments or private sector and focus on starting their own work or businesses,” Al Mulla told Khaleej Times on the sidelines of the Government Human Resources Summit in Abu Dhabi on Monday. “The future for Emiratis is innovation and self-employment. Parents should encourage and nurture youngsters into entrepreneurs and not job seekers.”
According to Al Mulla, the challenge for Emiratis today is not unemployment but the competition for the available jobs in the market and the pay which may not meet their expectation which warrants for a change so they become self-employed.
“The UAE government is keen on supporting young Emiratis to become entrepreneurs through equipping them with the knowledge and financial support to start small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).”
Commenting on challenges facing Emiratis in the job market, Al Mulla said many private companies being reluctant to take Emirati nationals because they are not prepared for what’s required in the job market — technical skills, critical thinking and technology.”
“There is need for schools especially universities to prepare the youngsters into critical thinkers, innovators and entrepreneurs,”
On the Emiratisation in the private sector, the official said 13,500 Emiratis have joined the private sector since 2006.
Al Mulla noted that unemployment in Dubai has decreased from 10.7 per cent in 2006 to 2.8 per cent in 2016 and the government wants the rate to reduce to one per cent in 2021.
Utilising employees’ potential
In a panel discussion on developing and deploying people’s potential and what the human resources (HR) team have to do to reduce complaints from workers.
Nawal Hamad Bourisli, Director HR, Zain, Kuwait said that HR people should make a balance between the workers and the company leadership or management so everyone is happy.
“The expectations of the employer might be different from what the employee delivers. People working in the HR department, therefore, have to keep a balance the workers and their bosses so that everyone gets satisfied,” she said. “Figure out what the employee can do better. Make a person do what they love and do the best so they can produce great results.”
Al Roudhan noted that HR have to motivate workers and ensure they create a conducive working environment for the employees.
Abdulmalik Al Balushi, CEO of Oman Post, said talent is very important in the workforce because people with extraordinary talents provide the required support during bad and challenging times. “In bad times, talent is very important as a company has to rely on special skills from talented and gifted employees to survive.”