Abu Dhabi Ports has recently won the ‘People Development Award’ at the International Bulk Journal (IBJ) Awards in the second consecutive year.
The IBJ Awards offer global recognition to exceptional companies or organisations in the maritime bulk industry.
Gary Lemke, Executive Vice President of Abu Dhabi Ports, received the award at the IBJ Awards night held at Antwerp in Belgium recently.
The People Development Award recognises Abu Dhabi Ports’ efforts to build the knowledge and skills of its employees and to provide structured and meaningful career development opportunities, which support the UAE’s objective of empowering the Emirati talent.
Abdullah Humaid Al Hameli, Vice President – Emiratization of HR and Administration at Abu Dhabi Ports, said: “This honour once again validates Abu Dhabi Ports’ track record in providing continuous development opportunities for our employees. We have always been introducing innovative training and development programmes, especially for Emiratis who are responsible to lead this country forward.”
Abu Dhabi Ports has a number of development programmes for its staff members. Ports International Executive Road (PIER) programme has been designed to ‘fast- track’ UAE national employees for top leadership positions. ‘The National Way to Ramp Up Success’ initiative targets young Emiratis, offering them positions to train for port operations jobs.
The company made significant progress in promoting local talent by achieving Emiratisation rate of 44% across its total workforce in 2014. As this rate is set to rise up to 47% in 2015, Abu Dhabi Ports is optimistic about achieving 55% target by 2017.
Fact File: Established in 2006, Abu Dhabi Ports’ core objective is to facilitate the diversification of the economy by stimulating trade and development. This is done by delivering high-quality maritime services, supporting partners’ infrastructure projects and setting up new companies and joint ventures in the ports and logistics sectors.