Nurturing the next generation of talent is key to promoting safety in the automotive industry by ensuring the availability of professional services.
Sustaining automotive safety also depends on the availability of qualified personnel who can provide the complete spectrum of automotive services, irrespective of the make of the vehicle. It is also important to have trained personnel who can provide prompt crash rescue services – again, a task that calls for adequate skills and experience.
Preparing the next generation of professionals for improved safety – of both vehicles and emergency responses – is a commitment that the UAE is taking seriously.
Most recently, Abu Dhabi Police Resources service assigned 12 of its officers to the Netherlands to train on advanced crash recovery systems.
Rescue teams in Abu Dhabi already have a vehicle information system that connects them to a database with the layout and technology details of every vehicle popularly seen on UAE roads. This enables the team to identify the safest way to rescue victims who are trapped in their vehicles.
Essentially, what the crash recovery system provides is a full inventory of the vehicle, including the sensors, control systems, air bags, doors, seats, electrical wiring, location of the fuel tank and batteries, among others.
Highlighting its commitment to nurturing new talent, Autopro, a fully owned subsidiary of Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC), says that its teaching centre Autopro Academy is now providing official certification/diploma in Automotive Maintenance as per the UK standards.
The Academy has received the original certification from City & Guilds that qualifies it as an approved examination centre to offer C&G international qualification in Light Vehicle Maintenance (4290 – 11/13/17) to be globally recognised as experts in this field.
The Emirates National Qualification Authority (NQA) recently said that the UAE would now recognise vocational and professional qualifications acquired by the country’s citizens from British awarding bodies.
UAE nationals attaining UK qualifications from City & Guilds and the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) will also now be able to benefit from UAE recognition by NQA.
Yousuf Harib, Head of Automotive Services, ENOC, said: “Autopro Academy underlines our commitment to building the next generation of talent specialised in supporting the automotive service industry. By providing world-class education in the UAE and thus building the necessary skills in our youth for promising careers, we are contributing to the UAE National Agenda to promote Nationalisation. NQA has set high benchmarks in the quality of professional qualifications provided in the UAE, and we are delighted to support automotive professionals with a valuable international qualification that will help them in enhancing their careers.”
Waleed Allahham, Automotive Services Technical Manager, ENOC, said: “In line with the company’s commitment towards customer service, the Autopro Academy opened in February 2013 with the aim of strengthening the skills of Autopro’s employees and nurturing their technical abilities in tune with latest technological advancements of the automotive industry. The state-of-the-art training facilities include lecture and practice halls, training equipment, simulators and vehicles, to compliment theoretical and practical training of the Autopro team.”
Tasjeel, the UAE’s one-stop-shop for all vehicle testing and registration needs, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with World Wide Auctioneers (WWA), to provide pre-auction tests to assess and certify that vehicles to be auctioned are in optimal working condition and meet the required safety and roadworthiness criteria.
The strategic partnership with one of the world’s largest auctioneers of transportation and industrial equipment further strengthens Tasjeel’s position as a trusted agency for vehicle inspection and testing, and highlights WWA’s commitment to ensuring the safety of its customers.
Tasjeel’s primary function will be to provide high-quality vehicle inspection services and issue a technical report which will increase transparency and lend greater trust to WWA’s auctions. This process will ensure that potential customers can be assured of a certified vehicle prior to committing to a purchase.
Hussam Al Shawi, General Manager of Tasjeel, said: “Our partnership with WWA highlights our commitment to promoting motor vehicle safety as well as our partners’ trust in the high quality of services that we provide. Our expertise in vehicle inspection and testing has established us as the preferred vehicle-testing centre in the UAE. Through our professional services, we will ensure that all vehicles that are presented for auction by WWA are tested and verified for efficient roadworthiness.”
Ken Hackett, General Manager of WWA, said: “At WWA, one of our core values is to ensure the safety of our customers, so choosing the right partner for all pre-auction testing was a top priority for us. Tasjeel has an impressive track record in vehicle testing and inspection that will add greater confidence to the numerous clients we serve. Our objective is that all vehicles presented for auction have been tested and certified by a trusted third party which will validate the high standards of our auctions.”
WWA is an auctioneer of construction, earthmoving, industrial, marine and other heavy equipment, based in the Jebel Ali Free Zone in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. WWA has been in business since 2001 and has auctioned over US $1.5 billion worth of equipment.
Tasjeel undertakes all mandatory tests that are required for vehicle registration. Currently, Tasjeel owns and operates 10 sites and 2 mobile units in Dubai and Sharjah, which use state-of-the-art equipment. All of Tasjeel’s sites are equipped with the latest testing and inspection machinery, and professionally qualified staff members.