DGS partners with Microsoft to upskill tomorrow’s leaders

DGS partners with Microsoft to upskill tomorrow’s leaders

Abu Dhabi Department of Government Support signs MoU with technology leader to give access to theMicrosoft Tomoh Internship Program, which offers secondments, internships and mentoring opportunities to UAE nationals

20 October, 2021; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates –The Department of Government Support (DGS) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with technology leader Microsoft to enhance the technology skills of Abu Dhabi Government employees by giving DGS access to the TomohInternship Program, which focuseson the development of national talents. This comes inline with DGS’s strategy to empower Emirati talents and hone their skills to keep pace with the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The signing took place on the side lines of GITEX Technology Week, 2021, and the MoU was signed by His Excellency Fahed Salem Al-Kayyoumi, Undersecretary of the DGS, and Sayed Hashish, Country Manager of Microsoft UAE in the presence of HE Ali Rashid Al Ketbi, Chariman of the DGS and a number of representatives from both sides.

As part of the MoU, Microsoft will support the Department of Government Support in enhancing the technology skillsets of Abu Dhabi government employees and Emiratigraduates through the company’s Tomoh programme. The initiative will boost the skills of government employees via placements within Microsoft, where participants will gain real-world project experience and the opportunity to earn globally recognised industry accreditations. DGS will be encouraging recent Emirati graduates and university students in their last term of study to apply for the programme.

Speaking on the MoU, HE Fahed Salem Al-Kayyoumi of the DGS, said, “We are inspired by our wise leadership’s vision to empower young talents and provide them with the necessary resources to prepare them for a sustainable future. The MoU signed today with Microsoft is a testament of our commitment to invest in future generations by providing them with the new digital skills and associated knowledge that will help them in their future endeavours and engage them in various national sectors.” 

Sayed Hashish, Country Manager of Microsoft, said, “We are delighted to join forces with the Department of Government Support to offer Emirati talentsthe opportunity to shadow and learn from Microsoft mentors, and attend interpersonal and technical skilling boot-camps. With real-life project experience behind them, and armed with globally recognised industry certifications, these young people will be well equipped to face the challenges of the future.”

Tomoh is Microsoft’s Emiratisation program.It is aimed at nurturing Emirati talent and accelerating the professional development of young UAE nationals through a series of initiatives that focus on direct hiring, secondments, internships, on-the-job training, and direct skilling.


About DGS

The Department of Government Support was established under Law # 4 of 2020 to develop the government support sector through developing human, technical, and digital capabilities and elevating the quality and effectiveness of government services provided by its affiliated entities. The vision of Government Support Sector is to enable a future-ready Abu Dhabi Government.

For more information please contact:

Susan Saidi, Hattlan Media, susan@hattlan.com

About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Microsoft opened its Dubai-based headquarters in 1991, which, today, oversees operations across the region.

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