BASF’s partnership with ADVETI and its support of WorldSkills and Emirates Skills is part of the company’s commitment to contributing to the UAE’s countrywide efforts to build institutions that provide quality technical and vocational education.According to the UAE government, the UAE needs to produce 10 Emiratis with vocational skills for every university graduate to achieve a sustainable and diversified knowledge-based economy.
BASF aims to close the skills gap by supporting local talent.Spanning 800 m2, the new center will cater to the increasing demand for automotive refinishing products and services in the region.
The facility will serve as an ideal training ground for young, talented Emiratis and also be used by some of BASF’s automotive refinish customers.Training sessions and workshops will be structured to optimise productivity, efficiency, and competitiveness to enhance the skill level of the body shop workers employed by BASF’s business partners and step up the overall industry standards in the region.
HE Dr Abdulrahman Jassim Al Hammadi, managing director of the Abu Dhabi Vocational Education and Training Institute, said: "This will be the first centre to train young Emiratis to spray-paint using the latest technologies and specialised technical training programmes. These programmes have been developed by an academic team to enrich the trainees’ knowledge, skills and practical experience in automotive refinishing. The classrooms, workshops and facilities are designed to provide an optimal and safe environment for field practices.”Dr Udo Huenger, vice president Middle East at BASF said: “Together with ADVETI instructors, we will start training young, talented Emiratis to become professional car painters.”
The center will feature a large color lab, an experience area for business partners, a dedicated application and preparation area with a professional classroom equipped with latest technical and multimedia training tools.Offering a set of innovative service modules designed to improve the processes and overall performance of a body shop, the curriculum will be flexible in order to meet the specific training needs of the customers.
The enrolment of Emiratis in vocational schools has surged during the past few years, signaling a positive change in the public’s perception of technical education.