GETEX 2012 has announced that it is expanding the focus of the “Occupational Education” segment to complement ongoing initiatives by the UAE Government geared at broadening the career prospects and developing specialized and industry-ready courses for UAE students. This is in support to the establishment of government-led organizations such as the Abu Dhabi Centre for Technical & Vocational Education and Training (ACTVET), National Institute of Vocational Education in Dubai (NIVE), Abu Dhabi Vocational Education & Training Institute (ADVETI) and National Qualification Authority (NQA) in Abu Dhabi which underline the growing importance of vocational and occupational training to the socio-economic development agenda of the UAE.
According to a study by GETEX, demand for vocational and occupational education in the UAE has been growing in recent years, particularly for courses that offer opportunities to make an immediate entry or advancement in careers in key industries such as aviation, hospitality, fashion, nursing, teaching, creative arts and public service. Moreover, vocational training presents several benefits to individuals, including improved employment opportunities, better earning potential, greater job satisfaction and improved interaction in the workplace.
GETEX 2012 will run from 19th to 21st April 2012 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, gathering more than 500 institutions and no less than 2,500 academic, vocational and training programmes on offer. More than 30,000 visitors from across the Middle East are also expected to attend GETEX 2012.
Anselm Godinho, Managing Director, International Conferences and Exhibitions (IC&E), organizers of the event, said: “The UAE government has been aggressively implementing initiatives and strategies to enhance the state of vocational and occupational education in the country. This is a very encouraging development that will create a positive impact in efforts to produce a high quality workforce. These initiatives serve as a huge incentive for us to promote vocational courses as a viable option of higher education at GETEX 2012.”
“Complementing the government’s efforts to enhance the technical proficiency of UAE nationals, GETEX 2012 will offer several options of occupational courses, particularly for those who want to pursue a job-oriented programme leading on to a rewarding career” added Godinho.
An exhaustive number of academic programs will be offered by higher education institutions from all over the world at GETEX 2012. Universities from USA, UK, Australia, Canada, India, Lebanon, Turkey, Malaysia and 30 other countries will be represented at the event.