The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (DED) has celebrated the graduation of seven of its experts and consultants who have completed the Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers and Trainers (CIDTT), Training the Trainers Program, as a part of the first stage of “Qualifying the Department’s Trainers” Project. The project’s objective is to provide trainers with the latest international knowledge-sharing mechanisms and to help them organize effective domestic workshops and training programs using the correct, scientific approach that would convey their practical and job-related expertise to the employees.
The award ceremony was attended by His Excellency Mohammed Omar Abdullah, the Undersecretary of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, Mr. William Bickerdike, Cambridge's Regional Manager for Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan, His Excellency Ghanem Mohammed Al Fendi Al Mazroui, the CEO of DED's Support Services Sector and Mr. Wagdi Abdul-Salam Abu-Shabab, the Program Manager.
His Excellency Mohammed Omar Abdullah said that the aim of the program is to create proficient cadres out of DED's consultants and experts who would share their knowledge with the employees in all the Department's sectors and sections so as to help them develop their job skills and enable them to achieve the highest degree of job distinction, and at the same time, fulfill the department's goals of adopting knowledge-based practices.
His Excellency also emphasized that DED will continue to apply and implement such programs and scientific initiatives in the framework of sustainable practices according to the best international criteria and specifications in the area of job training and qualification. He indicated that this will not be limited to the categories of experts and consultants, but will extend to technicians, directors and native technicians who represent the department's pillar.
For his part, His Excellency Ghanem Mohammed Al Fendi Al Mazroui, the CEO of DED's Support Services Sector, said that this program, which targeted the department's experts and consultants in its first stage, was applied in Arabic for the first time in the region.
He added that the program has introduced international scientific mechanisms to the trainers to help them undertake the most essential part of their duty; that is qualifying and training of employees and sharing with them the knowledge they acquired during the long years of work and study.
Al-Mazroui indicated that DED has recently started the project's second stage which is drawing up training plans for the courses to be conducted by those consultants and experts and then measuring the impact of the training after the end of the courses.
He indicated that DED had a successful experience in 2010 and 2011 when some consultants and legal experts provided training courses which were extremely satisfactory, and which led to a remarkable change in the employees' performance thanks to the rapprochement and harmony between the local trainers and employees who share the same goal.
At the end of the award ceremony, His Excellency Mohammed Omar Abdullah, the Undersecretary of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development honored Mr. William Bickerdike, Cambridge's Regional Manager for Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan, in recognition of his distinguished cooperation with DED.