Emirates Foundation Kafa’at Program aims to unlock Emirati talent and develop career pathways to the private sector. Kafa’at was launched in March by Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of Development and International Co-operation, during the foundations quarterly Social Investment Forum.
The program includes Kafa’at Leadership Camp which is part of the Kafa’at Youth Leadership Project. The camp targets university level students, to help young Emiratis achieve their career aspirations within the public sector and help them build fulfilling personal lives.
The camp has been planned to run for three consecutive weekends. The exercises and activities encompassed within the camp will focus on developing the leadership and communication abilities of young Emiratis, providing them with the soft skills necessary to navigate the challenges of the private sector workplace.
Based on international standards, Kafa’at training at the leadership camp will be delivered through a combination of theoretical learning and outdoor exercises encouraging participants to discover the importance of each learning style through a variety of challenges. It will include training to enhance communication skills and develop the use of English, specialising on an understanding of leadership and management terminology.
“The Kafa’at Programme ran two important projects: the Kafa’at Youth Leadership Project (which is holding the weekend camps) and the Mentorship Project.””Both projects have the vision to be the driving force for developing competitive talent through equipping young nationals to work in the private sector,” Habsi added.”We are trying to help young Emiratis understand the importance of working within the private sector and its contribution to the development of the UAE.” — Maytha Al Habsi, Chief Programme Officer, Emirates Foundation for Youth Development
Al Habsi referred to a 2011 study commissioned by the foundation that showed a majority of private sector companies had misinterpreted Emiratisation and were employing Emiratis to meet quotas and avoid penalties rather than hiring them as a strategic investment.
“At the Emirates Foundation for Youth Development we are committed to developing empowered and competitive Emirati talent.” Al Habsi concluded.