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National Bank of Fujairah initiates Management Trainee Programme for UAE Nationals

Comprehensive selection and mentoring process to help transform 24 promising young Nationals into leaders of tomorrow

The National Bank of Fujairah announces the recruitment of 24 UAE Nationals for its inaugural management trainee programme (MTP). Launched in October, the MTP will go towards meeting the strong demand for leadership talent both within the Bank and across the UAE.

NBF's first batch of 24 management trainees was chosen from 130 candidates across the UAE through a comprehensive selection process including interviews, personality profiling and psychometric tests. Comprising fresh graduates and
mid-career professionals, these trainees will embark on development programmes spanning six months to a year that will see them undergo job rotations across the Bank and training under senior managers.

The MTP was developed by staff with working experience in the Mohammed Bin Rashid Program for Leadership Development, an initiative promoting the development of a professional workforce of UAE Nationals, and will play an integral part to the Bank's annual recruitment efforts.

CEO Vince Cook said that the MTP is calibrated to ensure that the trainees receive the necessary development and support to achieve their career goals. An important component of this process is the selection of "Mentors" from the Bank's senior ranks to coach, guide and counsel each trainee. Every trainee is also introduced to a "Buddy" in each department he or she is rotated to.

Mr. Cook, who chairs the Bank's Emiratisation Committee, said: "These management trainees are bright individuals, and our programme is aimed at maximising their potential as well as equipping them with the skills and mindsets to embark on fulfilling careers with the Bank. This is a win-win situation because not only will NBF be assured of high-quality managers going forward, we are also helping to groom a fresh cadre of talent to take on leadership roles in the banking community."

Abdulla Aleter, NBF's Head of Human Resources, said: "One of the strategic priorities of UAE is to develop self-sufficiency in local talent and we are privileged to play our part in this nationalisation process.

"Originally, the MTP was intended for fresh graduates but word-of-mouth grew until we ended up receiving enquiries from experienced bankers as well. We are greatly encouraged by the positive response and look forward to making further contributions to the banking sector with this successful programme."

One of the trainees, Hamda Bushalat, said that her initial nervousness was overcome by the support she has been receiving in the Bank: "Meeting the CEO and Chief Financial Officer on the first day of the programme made me realise how important we are to the Bank. They have also promised to meet with us regularly to discuss our progress. I am inspired to do my best."

Another management trainee, Alanoud Bani Hashem, added: "Since joining NBF a month ago, I have already worked on the staff newsletter, developed a promotional brochure for its Fujairah customers, sat in on senior management meetings and am now learning about the Bank's branch operations.

"And then when a group of us MTs were eating at a restaurant one day, our Head of Human Resources came up to our table, greeted us, and bought us lunch. How's that for making us feel at home!"

About the National Bank of Fujairah

Incorporated in 1982, the National Bank of Fujairah (NBF) is a full services corporate bank with strong wholesale banking and trade finance expertise. Leveraging its deep banking experience and market insight within Fujairah and the UAE, NBF is well-positioned to build lasting relationships with its clients and help them achieve their business goals.

NBF's key shareholders include the Government of Fujairah, the Government of Dubai and business pioneer and community leader H.E. Sir Easa Saleh Al Gurg. It is listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Market under the symbol "NBF" and has a branch network of 12 across the UAE.

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