Revealed: the UAE’s plan to bridge education, labour market gap

The UAE has unveiled the Emirates Youth Professional School, a Federal Youth Authority initiative which aims to bridge gaps between academic learning and the country’s rapidly changing labour market.

The initiative has been launched following directives issued by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, state news agency WAM reported.

Emirates Youth Professional School aims to provide individuals, aged 15-35, with opportunities to improve their skills and career development opportunities, preparing them for the labour market through continious education.

It will offer full-length professional courses and executive education programmes across various sectors via crowdsourcing instructors, teachers, experts and professionals in the UAE utilising an ‘uber-like model’, WAM said.

The school will serve all youth in the UAE, aged 15-35, and will open its facilities and programmes in November, WAM added.

Shamma bint Suhail Faris Al Mazrui, Minister of State for Youth Affairs, said: “The Emirates Youth Professional School provides a unique educational experience that bridges gaps between the conventional academic learning and the rapidly changing labour market.

“This institution will embrace vocational training as a means to further enhance skills obtained via academic training and meets with the future labour market,” she added.

According to the EYPS website, the school is based on a “sustainable and organic crowdsourcing model” that utilises a mix of practical and theoretical learning.

It will partner with various institutions, experts and professionals around the world, giving UAE youth the opportunity to acquire necessary skillsets in the evolving knowledge economy.

By Sam Bridge

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