Dubai – MENA Herald: HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) toured DEWA Academy, accompanied by Dr Yousef Al Akraf, Executive Vice President of Business Support and Human Resources at DEWA, Abdullah Obaidullah, Executive Vice President of Water & Civil, Mohammed Al Shamsi, Vice President of Civil Projects Engineering & Water Maintenance, and Khalid Mohammed bin Masoud, Senior Specialist at DEWA Academy.

The group visited the school, which accommodates 83 Emirati students, training them academically and practically in various technical and professional subjects such as generation, transmission and distribution of energy and water.

Al Tayer talked to the students from all levels of education, and listened to their views on the curriculum and courses, the evaluation systems, examinations, and the study environment. The students also gave their points of view on the educational process in general, to Al Tayer, who noted of their suggestions.

“DEWA’s Academy was established with the aim of boosting Emiratisation. These efforts complement the vision of our wise government and the Dubai Plan 2021 to make the Emirate empowered and innovative, and filled with pride and happiness. The Academy underlines DEWA’s strategy for preparing a national workforce to be part of DEWA’s fast-growing operations and to consolidate its leading role as an organisation that contributes effectively to the development of the nation, and to achieve our vision to become a sustainable innovative world-class utility,” said Al Tayer.

“DEWA is one of the leading government organisations to launch various training programmes for Emirati students who want to complete their studies on energy in the UAE or abroad. DEWA strives to fulfil its Emiratisation strategy and meet its expansion plans to continue its leading role in addressing water and energy demand,” added Al Tayer.

“DEWA grants graduate students who have successfully completed 3 years of study in its Academy with a diploma from the Business and Technology Education Council, Pearson BTEC, in the UK. The council has over 21 million students from 46 countries, including the UAE, registered for this academic year of 2015-2016,” said Dr Yousef Al Akraf, Executive Vice President of Business Support and Human Resources at DEWA.

The Academy relies on the curriculum of Dubai Educational Zone and the Ministry of Education in cooperation with BTEC in three disciplines, including electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and maintenance and operation of equipment. Students can attend the DEWA Academy for three consecutive years to complete the secondary school from grade 10 to grade 12. The Academy has now 83 students and the first batch, which includes 30 students who will graduate next year. DEWA will employ all the graduates and ensure access to all privileges provided to employees

The DEWA Academy certificate enables the largest possible number of young nationals to meet the requirements of various sections at DEWA.DEWA Academy’s graduates receive a certificate in technical and business studies equivalent to high school diplomas. The Academy adopts a clear strategy in developing and training Emiratis, in accordance with the highest global guidelines.