EI exports future skills expertise to the Middle East and Nigeria

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The EI has developed two new overseas branches, in the Middle East and Nigeria, to serve members locally and further to spread its professional recognition and good practice messages. Here, local Business Development Managers Maria Blakley and (below) Yewande Abiose describe how the new branches aim to influence education, training and careers matters locally.

It will be no surprise to many to learn that the majority of the 350 members of Energy Institute (EI) Middle East are expatriates. Whilst expats make up 69% of the population in Kuwait, the figure working reported to be as high as 87% in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where the regional office for the branch is based. Nationals throughout the Middle East are well aware of the pressing need to rapidly develop their skills and education in order to redress this balance.

For Omanis, Qataris, Emiratis; for all of the national population in the developing Middle East, diversification of the economy is key and this diversification also include growth and investment in alternative energy sources. In 2012, Dr Abdullah Amer Al Bishr, the Head of Strategy, Planning and Policy at Abu Dhabi Tawteen Council (ADTC), commented that about 298,000 jobs will be created for UAE citizens in seven industries including energy.

Apart from having the financial capacity needed for the development of renewable energy sources, the UAE has the research and scientific database for sustainable development via Masdar and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 and other government policies provide a clear roadmap for the Emirate to embrace the new wave of energy revolution.

Demonstrating this is Shams 1, the recently inaugurated and world’s largest concentrating solar power plant, where at least 30% of the workforce will be Emirati. At the inauguration His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan said: ‘We are proud of the young Emiratis that worked on this project. The expertise they gained, working closely with international companies and building a project of such scale, is the type of human capital development that will enable our country to secure long-term energy leadership.’
In the nuclear energy sector, it is expected that the UAE would require over 2,000 employees by 2020 to fill the positions within the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation’s planned commercial, operational and supporting areas.

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