The 8th batch of printing students have started training for Higher Colleges of Technology’s (HCT) ‘Work Readiness Programme”.  An agreement has been signed by HCT and Abu Dhabi based United Printing & Publishing (UPP) to sponsor a group of students to study at the ‘Work Readiness Program’ in the fields of printing and publishing to qualify for the HCT certificate Injaz. UPP has been offering jobs to the graduates since last year.

Dr. Farid Elyahky, associate dean, The Higher Colleges of Technology said, “We started the program in 2001 and graduated 7 batches of about 2000 male and female Work Readiness Graduates from Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western Region Colleges and we are presently enrolling batch 8 of 320 new students.

'The UPP is presently sponsoring one section of 20 male students and is committed to employ them upon graduation in January 2011. Beside the UPP, the programme’s main sponsors are Abu Dhabi Tawteen Council, Department of civil service and the Ministry of Interior.”

A specialised 3-semestar curriculum has been designed by HCT in printing and publishing and candidates undergo a period of practical training in press and printing while the third semester is designated mainly to work on simulation projects, job specific training, in addition to a work placement period of 6 - 8 weeks.

“Our students are equipped with basic skills to handle jobs or machinery required by the specific industry who requested these skills,” added Dr. Elyahky.  “Graduates can take up jobs at different levels according to their skills. However, most are employed at the operator level.”

For the coming year, HCT plans to enhance the curriculum and training methods to suit the industry needs.