The Ministry of Possibilities’ Department of UAE Talent hosted a series of workshops and forums for students, established creatives and artists, parents, and teachers to come together and discuss the current landscape of talent recognition and development in the UAE.

Hosted by HE Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, the discussions explored the gaps in the education sectors and how to foster national and UAE-based talent.

First in the series of many, these workshops proved to a tangible demonstration of the Ministry of Possibilities’ continuing commitment to work closely with the nation’s talent to first-hand hear what is needed and achieve the goals set out in the UAE Centennial 2071 Vision. Demonstrating the Ministry of Possibilities’ philosophy that the best results can only be achieved when leadership and the public work in unison, these sessions offered the youth, parents and teachers an interactive platform to discuss the different methods to increase visibility for emerging talent and to develop skills enhancement programmes for the sustainable encouragement of the UAE’s youth. 

Commenting on the event, Her Excellency Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development said, “The young people are the future of our country and it our responsibility to provide them with guidance that will help them shape the tomorrow. With the Department of UAE Talent, we are working to set-up a streamlined and robust system that cultivates national talent. The first step in the process is to identify the gaps in our talent recognition programmes and open channels of communication directly with the young people to hear firsthand on what they desire and need from their country in order to flourish.”

“These workshop sessions held by the Department of UAE Talent are critical to hear the public’s direct feedback and align with the government to implement initiatives and schemes that will support the people and in turn, position the UAE as a land for talent, which inspires youth, and supports their emergence into successful leaders and pioneers.”

During the interactive sessions, the Minister highlighted the importance nurturing national talents and recognising their skills at an early stage to hone capabilities for future industries. This aligns with the department’s strategy for the next phase, which includes identifying effective policies for talent development, benchmarking against global talent practices and establishing areas of radical changes required in talent resourcing. The department will also formulate an effective and interactive platforms and tools to link talented individuals with institutions, ministries, schools and universities across various industries.

The Department of UAE Talent is designed to nurture people’s talent and help them thrive in their field of work, paving the way for an innovative and creative generation. Investment in human capital is a legacy derived from the late founding father Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and discovering these talents is at the heart of building a knowledge-based economy and achieving the objectives of the UAE Centennial 2071 Vision.

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