Enec signs MoU with Abu Dhabi Polytechnic
Programme will train next generation of nuclear plant workers.
The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Abu Dhabi Polytechnic on a joint vocational training programme that will be instrumental in developing a skilled Emirati workforce to support the UAE’s burgeoning nuclear energy industry.
Under the deal, ENEC and AD Polytechnic will collaborate on a customized nuclear energy curriculum for students of ENEC’s Energy Pioneers scholarship program.
The course aims to address the specific knowledge areas required to meet the needs of the UAE’s peaceful nuclear energy program, while creating opportunities for talented Emiratis to play a critical role in the delivery of the project.
The agreement was signed by Mohammed Al Hammadi, Chief Executive Officer of ENEC and Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi, Managing Director at the Institute of Applied Technology, on behalf of Abu Dhabi Polytechnic.
“We have been working with AD Polytechnic since 2012 and we will continue our close cooperation,” said Mohamed Al Hammadi.
“Nurturing the next generation of nuclear energy leaders in the UAE is one of ENEC’s top priorities, and this MoU consolidates our relationship with AD Polytechnic, helping us to achieve this goal.
“ENEC will require more than 2,500 employees by 2020, with a target to have 60 percent of this made up of Emiratis.
“Together with Abu Dhabi Polytechnic, we aim to provide the best and brightest UAE nationals with the training and opportunities needed to become part of an industry that is crucial to the country’s continued growth.”
A total of four nuclear energy plants will be constructed by 2020, pending regulatory approvals. The first two plants are already under construction with the first close to 60% complete.
The first plant is scheduled to commence commercial operations in 2017, pending further regulatory approvals.