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du, from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), and Huawei, a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices, have announced the successful completion of the “Seeds for the Future” program for 2022. The two-part program is designed to enhance skillsets and accelerate efforts to drive talent progression for women and Emirati graduates in the UAE.

Through the Seeds for the Future program, 28 Emirati graduates got the opportunity to visit the du offices and gain knowledge in the technical areas of the organization. Attendees were also able to interact with different technology subject matter experts from du and develop key competencies, knowledge and technical skills required in the business world. In the program's second phase, 11 female participants interned at du HQ in Dubai Hills and other retail stores as a part of vocational training to help accelerate their careers.

Ibrahim Nassir, chief human resources and shared services officer at du, said, "du is committed to developing and supporting a robustly diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce. Our long-standing partnership with Huawei and subsequent educational initiatives align with du's transformative agenda and focuses on developing and employing qualified women and Emirati youth. This enables us to strengthen further the development of ICT skills among UAE youth well into the future."

Meanwhile, Shunli Wang, vice president of Huawei Middle East, said, "The cutting-edge technologies that underline UAE's digital transformation initiatives require advanced ICT skills to fully leverage the dividends of the digital economy. Collaboration between industry partners, academia and ICT companies have proved highly effective in equipping young people with the expertise to thrive in a dynamic industry. Therefore, we value our partnership with du to nurture this young talent through the Seeds for the Future program to further develop the UAE’s telco industry."  

du and Huawei have a long history of partnership, especially in ICT technologies and network development. This is the second consecutive year both entities are collaborating to offer industry training opportunities to support du's HR efforts to strengthen its talent transformation process. These programs also contribute significantly to upskilling and improving knowledge and experience on the latest ICT technologies, such as 5G and Cloud, among Emiratis. 

Initiated by Huawei in 2008, Seeds for the Future is Huawei's flagship and long-term global Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program. As of June 2021, the program has been implemented in 137 countries and regions, reaching 12,000 students from over 500 universities and gaining the endorsement of more than 180 heads of state and high-level government officials globally.

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