ABU DHABI, 10th March, 2022 (WAM) — H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union (GWU), Chairwoman of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF), congratulated the Emirati youth who won in the 13th edition of the EmiratesSkills National Competition, stressing that this talented group of Emirati citizens have successfully demonstrated their creative capacities.
Sheikha Fatima made this statement in her speech delivered on her behalf by Dr. Maitha bint Salem Al Shamsi, Minister of State, during the closing ceremony of the competition, where 60 Emirati youths were announced as winners.
The event was held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) and in attendance were Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, Mubarak Saeed Al Shamsi, Director-General of the Abu Dhabi Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ACTVET), and Anita Bhatia, Deputy Executive Director for United Nations (UN) Coordination, Partnerships, Resources and Sustainability.
“Today, we celebrate, with ACTVET, a distinguished group of national talents who excelled during the 13th EmiratesSkills National Competition,” Sheikha Fatima said, thanking ACTVET for efficiently organising the event.
“The Emirati youth won in 24 technological, engineering and industrial specialist competitions against by a wide range of national talents, and showcased their outstanding performances in friendly international competitions held for the first time, with the participation of 11 European and Asian countries,” she added.
Sheikha Fatima thanked the UAE’s leadership for always achieving international leadership for the country, by providing national institutions with the necessary technological and human resources required to support national talents.
Al Hammadi said ACTVET has successful attracted students from grades 6 to 9 to participate in the competitions, underscoring the country’s approach to training the youth and children about modern specialisations.
Mubarak Al Shamsi said the achievements of the competition and the wide participation of young citizens, as well as the hosting of international friendly competitions, would not have been possible without the support of the UAE’s leadership and the efforts of relevant action teams.
Ali Al Marzouqi, President of EmiratesSkills, presented the results of the competitions, noting that 16 citizens won gold medals, another 16 citizens won silver medals, and 24 won bronze medals.
The annual event celebrates Emirati talent working in technical and vocational skills and aims to inspire the young generation to engage with new trades and embrace technology-based career pathways.
Participants in the 2022 event competed in six skills areas: construction and building technology; manufacturing and engineering technology; transportation and logistics; creative arts and fashion; information and communication technology; and social and personal services.
In line with Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 and UAE Vision 2021, EmiratesSkills aims at raising awareness of career-based technical and vocational education among young Emiratis towards the development of the national workforce to serve industrial and technological growth in the UAE.