Al Ghurair Investment and Al Ghurair University collaborate to launch internship programme to enrich the youth talent in the UAE Featured

31 May 2021, Dubai, UAEAl Ghurair Investment (AGI), one of the largest diversified family business groups in the Middle East, today announced its collaboration with Al Ghurair University (AGU) to offer internship programmes to students, providing them the opportunity to attain extensive on-job training to complement their educational and developmental journeys.

The internship programme has been designed with the implicit goal to foster young talent in the region, supporting with the cultivation of a deeper, and more diversified, talent pool.

Reflecting AGI’s commitment to building the next generation of leaders, the programme provides the tools necessary for talented youth to succeed in the future world of work. The two-month programme offers AGU students the opportunity to up-skill through structured vocational training in a specific business sector of interest to them. Sectors in which such opportunities are available include construction, retail, foods, printing, properties and automotive services.

Commenting on this partnership Arturo Lujan, CEO of AGI Ventures, a division that includes AGU, amongst its diverse portfolio of companies, and Director of AGU’s Board of Governors, said: “At AGU, we place AGI’s purpose of ‘Enhancing Life’ at the core of all we do, embracing it into our own vision of ‘enriching the minds’ of the next generation, to build a better legacy for tomorrow. Now more than ever, both educational institutions and private companies have a responsibility to invest in and nurture our future leaders. With our people-driven proposition, we are honoured to enable young promising talent in the region by building a bridge from their educational development into the nascence of their career journeys. By providing the tools and skills necessary to grow as students, and now supporting their onward professional development through vocational internships, we elevate their future employability opportunities in the UAE.”

Debra Teles, Group Vice President - People & Culture at AGI, said: “The region is brimming with fresh talent, and we are proud to support AGU students as they prepare to begin their career journeys. Our aim with the internship programme is to give students a chance to apply their theoretical learning to the workplace, and at the same, learn new skills that support their onward growth. Through providing students with access to business leaders, they benefit from great insight into their industry of choice which prepares them for entering the workforce post-graduation. We are proud to play a role in empowering the leaders of tomorrow.”

Dr. Moji Moatamedi, Acting President at AGU, said: “We are pleased to collaborate with AGI and launch such an immersive learning and career building experience for our students. Internships programmes are a stepping-stone into the workforce, and I am proud of our students for embracing this opportunity to enhance their educational experience, striving to build the skills and experience required for their personal development.”

Due to the nature of AGI’s highly dynamic business, the programme is structured as a stepping-stone to students’ careers, providing them with practical experience in a corporate environment. The internships granted are aligned to the students’ specific area of study in order to complement their learning journey at AGU. The students will benefit from around 150-200 hours of experience gained during the programme. Candidates who excel during the internship programme may be selected for full-time employment at AGI, once graduated.