2013-12-22 09:48:36 - Better proficiencies needed to fill 220,000 vacancies created by Dubai Expo 2020 and address national skill shortages
December 22, 2013
In response to the increasing demand for industry-ready education in the UAE and across the region, TOFE (Technical, Occupational and Further Education), an advanced training and professional development exhibition, will hold its debut edition from January 29 to 31, 2014 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC) in the UAE capital. The exhibition will highlight the importance of occupational education in developing local talent and enhancing expertise at the workplace.
Organized by International Conferences and Exhibitions (IC&E), one of the longest standing international exhibition houses in the region, TOFE will feature an array of professional certification options ranging from business and accountancy, engineering, medicine, nursing, dentistry, arts & photography, filmmaking, architecture, jewelry making, fashion design, among others, making
it easier for students to choose from available courses being offered by prestigious institutions.
With employability criteria rapidly evolving and skill shortages still present within the UAE job market, technical and occupational education has become highly significant in providing Emirati and expatriate job seekers with competitive advantages. Add to this developments such as Dubai’s successful World Expo 2020 bid, which is expected to create an estimated 220,000 jobs for the country, the need for industry-ready training is becoming more and more relevant. Abu Dhabi alone is likely to generate more than 600,000 new jobs over the next decade based on a projected 7-9 per cent annual economic growth rate. All of these economic factors affirm the strong need for TOFE education to cultivate the required talent pool.
Anselm Godinho, Managing Director, International Conferences and Exhibitions (IC&E), commented on the increasing need for a show dedicated to vocational and occupational training within the region, “Competition is fierce in the UAE job market with fresh graduates increasingly feeling the pressure of securing employment to match their qualifications. Even Emirati graduates are struggling to secure suitable jobs in the private sector. The status quo calls for acquiring additional skills such as technical qualification or specialization in occupational studies to excel professionally.”
“TOFE will be an excellent platform to offer students career-oriented courses and young working professionals the opportunity to review specialized degrees, training programmes and certifications available which can add value to their existing skills and qualifications in the job market. We are hopeful of garnering a positive response for our debut edition of the event,” concluded Godinho.
More than 8,000 visitors from across the Middle East are expected to attend TOFE in search for education and training options that will place them ahead of competition in the job market, build skills, enhance employability and contribute to the existing skilled workforce.