Lt. General HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior was briefed, on Tuesday, on the outstanding skills of the UAE Nationals, both men and women, who are taking part in the Emirates Skills National Competition 2015. Organized by the Abu Dhabi Centre for Technical and Vocational Education & Training (ACTVET), the three-day competition held under the slogan “100% Emirati Talent”, will conclude its activities on Thursday at Abu Dhabi International Exhibition Center (ADNEC). As many as 530 Emiratis aged between 20-23 years, are challenging their peers in 40 competitions across several categories, including Mechanical Engineering Design – AutoCAD; Web design; Aircraft Maintenance; Automobile Technology;  CNC Turning; Welding; Fashion Technology; Mobile Robotics; Landscape Gardening, among others. The competition aims at discovering new national talents and providing opportunities for young people to demonstrate their skills to the world by winning one of the competition’s medals. The winning participants will join the “EmiratesSkills” team that will represent the UAE in the WorldSkills International competition, which will be organized by the UAE in 2017.

H.H Sheikh Saif toured the different pavilions, accompanied by His Excellency Hussain Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, and His Excellency Mubarak Saeed Al Shamesi, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Centre for Technical and Vocational Education & Training (ACTVET). During the tour, His Highness was able to attend some of the challenges between male and female Emirati students, which reflects a high level of creativity and innovation, most notably the Electrical Installations competition; the Health and Social Care “nursing” competition; the Fashion Technology competition; the Games Development competition; the Robotics competition; in addition to the Landscape Gardening competition and the Agricultural Production competition, among others.

Furthermore, His Highness reviewed some of the successful experiments carried out by students, which reflect their excellence, creativity and vocational skills. He also talked with students, and urged them to seek further excellence in their educational attainment. He also called upon them to keep abreast of the latest technology methods and tools, which will contribute to promoting their creative capabilities.

Then, Sheikh Seif wrote a thank-you note in the book of honor, praising Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Mother of the Nation, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, and Chairwoman of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood.

His Highness was accompanied in his tour by  Major General Dr. Nasser Lakhrebani Al Nuaimi, Secretary General of the Office of HH Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior; Brigadier Ali Khalfan Al Dhaheri, Director General of the Headquarters Affairs at Abu Dhabi Police; Mubarak Saeed Al Shamesi, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Centre for Technical and Vocational Education & Training (ACTVET); Mohammed Fadel Al Hameli, Secretary-General of Zayed Center for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs; Dr. Arif Al Hammadi, Director of Khalifa University; Ali bin Harmal Al Dhaheri, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi University; and Ali Al Marzouqi, President of Emirates Skills and Chairman of the Organizing Committee.

 H.E Hussain Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, expressed his sincere appreciation for His Highness’s visit, which reflects the keenness of the higher leadership keenness to provide unrelenting moral and financial support to all Emirati Nationals, in particular the youth, who are the backbone of the UAE’s cultural progress.

H.E Mubarak Saeed Al Shamesi, ACTVET Director General, praised his Highness’s unwavering support and his commitment to encouraging national talents to show creativity and leadership. “Such an approach would boost students’ enthusiasm and self-confidence, and prompt them to seek excellence in various fields of work,” he said. Moreover, he underlined the keenness of His Highness to meet with students, talk to them and review their high standards, all of which indicate that the UAE people enjoy the necessary skills to meet the requirements of the UAE labor market competently.
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