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Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Inaugration of Dhiraagu Apprentice Program

Dhiraagu has introduced an Apprentice Program for the work-age youth of the Maldives at a special ceremony held today at Nasandhura Palace Hotel in Male’, Maldives. This special program aims to improve the employability of Maldivian youth and is called “Dhiraagu Apprentice Program”(DAP). DAP is an educational and training program designed to provide the skills and knowledge needed for the specific discipline along which the apprentices are keen to develop a career in the information communication industry. The program provides the individuals with an earning while they learn.

During the official inauguration ceremony this morning, Mr Ismail Rasheed, Dhiraagu Chief Executive, stated that ‘the main objective of this program is to provide an opportunity for the youth of Maldives to obtain a structured training programme that would enable them to have an increased sense of professional competency leading to greater potential for career establishment/advancement and also earn while they learn. He also highlighted that the program is not limited only to Male’ but will be open for candidates across the nation to at the various Dhiraagu regional centres.’

The Chief Guest for the function, Minister of Tourism Dr Mahmoodh Shawgy highlighted that Dhiraagu is one of the highly successful companies in the Maldives that has been continuously investing in the training and development of its people. The Minister thanked the management of Dhiraagu for embarking on such an initiative that benefits the Maldivian community. Followed by the Minister’s speech, Dhiraagu Head of Human Resources - Ms Aminath Nazla made a presentation of DAP highlighting the details of this program. DAP is an ongoing initiative and each Apprentice will be on the program for a one year period, at the successful completion of which the apprentice will be awarded a completion certificate. To further enhance the benefits of the program some apprentices may even be offered an opportunity to complete a second year as an apprentice or additionally be offered a permanent employment with Dhiraagu; this will be subject to availability and performance of the apprentice during the program.

The program will provide apprentices with skills, knowledge and experience they would require to perform the job in their chosen discipline leading to better career opportunities in the future.

DAP will provide generic skills that are important for many jobs across different disciplines for apprentices. These will include skills such as communication, planning and organising, problem solving and decision making. This also comprise customer care and occupational health and safely.

The program aims to build confidence and self esteem in apprentices thereby aiding them to become effective team members at the work place and face the challenges in life. DAP will also help seek apprentices’ desired job – proving them with necessary skills to prepare themselves for employment interviews, researching jobs/vacancies and developing effective CVs.

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