MAF, HCT collaborate to boost opportunities in retail education


March 5, 2014 | By RetailME Bureau

Majid Al Futtaim (MAF) is set to boost educational support for the growing retail sector in the UAE, by joining forces with the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) to establish a retail academy and industry consortium. The initiative will be undertaken by the Majid Al Futtaim Charity Foundation, a private independent entity specialised in charitable and philanthropic educational and healthcare activities in the UAE, and HCT’s commercial arm, the Centre of Excellence for Applied Research and Training (CERT).

The aim of the retail academy will be to help launch and advance retail careers of Emiratis, while also supporting the country’s fast growing retail sector, which now accounts for 20% of the UAE’s non-oil GDP and employs 20% of the workforce. HCT/CERT and Majid Al Futtaim Charity Foundation will work together to leverage support of leading international academic institutions to help develop the first national level institution providing best-in-class education and training for the sector. To support the retail academy initiative, Majid Al Futtaim Charity Foundation and HCT will seek to establish a retail consortium, comprising of leading retailers, education institutions, in addition to chambers of commerce and government representatives, to provide guidance for industry skills training and ensure long term sustainability of the academy.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop these initiatives further was signed by Dr Tayeb Kamali, vice chancellor of the HCT and Dr Najib Al Khaja, board member and CEO of Majid Al Futtaim Charity Foundation. Speaking at the signing ceremony, Al Khaja, says, “Increased consumer confidence and a rise in tourism growth are helping to drive the UAE’s rapid emergence as a global retail destination. We recognise that there is a need to develop formal educational opportunities and provide vocational training in the retail sector and believe these exciting initiatives will help to ensure the UAE has a future pool of well-trained retail talent is able to fill the growing demand from retailers.”

“This partnership will result in empowering our graduates with the knowledge, skills and confidence to contribute effectively to our nation and its growing diversified economy and lead them to successful future careers in retail. This is an example of the strong links between HCT/CERT and industry partners which result in career-oriented programmes to meet the specific needs of our modern society and also provide the highest quality educational opportunities for young people throughout our nation, so that they can become valuable members of their communities. We are pleased to be working closely with the Majid Al Futtaim Charity Foundation and it is through collaborations such as this that we are able to give students an unparalleled advantage in the workplace,” adds Kamali.

Comments

comments

Previous Article Next Article

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE /



“It sounds like this, Luh Pan Koh-ti-dyan and means ‘the daily bread’, 

Continue Reading

December 6, 2021 | By Zubina Ahmed

The long weekend might be over but the Etisalat Beach Canteen 2021 

Continue Reading

December 5, 2021 | By RetailME Bureau

UAE gears up to celebrate this year’s National Day celebrations in the 

Continue Reading

November 28, 2021 | By Zubina Ahmed

UAE-based Etisalat Group has signed an agreement with elGrocer, a leading online 

Continue Reading

November 18, 2021 | By RetailME Bureau

Amazon.ae announced that the 11.11 sale is back once again this year 

Continue Reading

November 8, 2021 | By RetailME Bureau

Abu Dhabi Cooperative Society’s COOP City store is now open in Lake 

Continue Reading

November 3, 2021 | By RetailME Bureau

Union Coop, a consumer cooperative in the UAE, revealed that 78% of 

Continue Reading

August 24, 2021 | By Jibran Chouguley

Union Coop has opened its 23rd branch within the UAE in Jumeirah 

Continue Reading

August 2, 2021 | By Jibran Chouguley

Nando’s has revealed their revamped Sheikh Zayed Road outlet where newcomers and 

Continue Reading

July 8, 2021 | By Jibran Chouguley

UAE-based Al Maya Group announced that it will be boosting import of 

Continue Reading

June 24, 2021 | By RetailME Bureau

UAE-based grocery retail chain, Grandiose has opened its first hypermarket in Abu 

Continue Reading

June 2, 2021 | By RetailME Bureau

UAE-based Carrefour announced its theme and plans for Ramadan 2021. The brand 

Continue Reading

March 31, 2021 | By RetailME Bureau




Download Images RetailME Magazine