GE Brings New Oil & Gas Learning Opportunities to UAE Nationals
While today, just over half its workforce is comprised of UAE nationals, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company ( Adnoc ) Group of Companies has a goal of reaching 75% Emiratization by 2017 . To help achieve this goal, the company is looking to recruit 4,000 UAE national this year .
One of Adnoc’s most important sources of new talent is the Petroleum Institute University and Research Center , an engineering education and energy industry research institute, which is sponsored by Adnoc, and international oil companies BP, Japan Oil Development Company, Shell and Total.
GE has just taken a big step to expand support to the Institute by signing a three-year memorandum of understanding to provide specialized training programs, summer internships and educational tools to Petroleum Institute students. These efforts are part of GE’s commitment to helping build a pool of talented UAE national professionals who can take up diverse professional roles in the oil and gas sector.
GE will support at least one senior graduation project per academic year and two training sessions per semester on subjects related to turbo-machinery, rotating equipment vibration analysis and inspection technologies. GE also will host at least one field visit per academic semester and provide approximately three to four summer internship opportunities initially, with the goal of expanding it to 10 internships in the next three years.
GE and the Institute will conduct joint seminars, short courses and workshops for the Institute’s students and/or external stakeholders, with at least two seminars planned per semester. The first seminars will focus on GE’s newest turbo-machinery technology and the Industrial Internet, which is GE’s path-breaking initiative that brings together people, analytics and technology to deliver incremental results.
GE Oil & Gas will provide a life-sized plant representation or educational laboratory equipment that will allow students to gain hands-on experience regarding various aspects of the industry’s operations.
These activities build on GE’s longstanding partnership with ADNOC, which previously has included the GE Oil & Gas University and the contribution of a vibration lab and life-size gas turbine model.
For more on GE’s support to human capital development in the UAE and across the region, click here.