Since 2012, ‘THATI’, a two-years graduate mentorship programme run by the Executive Office of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, has been training fresh university graduates to acquire leadership and management skills.
In a new effort to acquire their next batch of apprentices, THATI has announced their participation in two important upcoming annual career fairs at two UAE universities. They will be seen at the Annual Career Exhibition 2017 at Zayed University, Dubai, on 27th February; and also participate at the career fair at HCT-Sharjah Women’s College on 9th March.
THATI is keen on being present at the career exhibitions hosted by universities and colleges in across the UAE, to be able to attract a large number of extremely driven Emirati graduates pursuing various career opportunities that are presented to them at these fairs.
Universities and colleges also play a key role, not only in attracting future participants of THATI , but provide a window of knowledge of the Programme itself to graduates aspiring vocational training and good careers. These institutions also facilitate communication and exchange on best practices in the field of training and recruitment between THATI ’s training turf, the Reyada Centre for Learning and Development, and themselves.
Graduates will be selected through a process of interviews and tests to measure their potential for learning and development. The criteria for being enlisted in the initial phase of this two-year programme are that one should be an Emirati, graduating the same year as the year of their selection, with at least a 3 GPA in their chosen degree. They must also have had some work placement experience or an internship.
The programme will provide affiliates with support and mentoring all throughout the training period, as well as help them decide on a specific career path, in addition to training and developing their management and leadership skills.
Since its inception, the THATI Graduate Mentorship Programme has trained over 13 associates in five batches, each for two years, playing a crucial role introducing the candidates to first-hand responsibilities and experiences in established organisations, where they developed their leadership skills. Around seven THATI trainees were selected to fill high management positions while they were undergoing training, and the others have all been recruited upon completing training.