General Motors Africa and Middle East (GM AMEO) is working with SANAD Village, the region’s largest rehabilitation center for people of determination, to provide internships to its students at its Middle East Distribution Center.
SANAD Village is located in The Sustainable City, Dubai and it is hoped that the internship programme will fostering a mutual learning experience while empowering people of determination to make their mark in the workplace.
Over a duration of four months, students will have access to informative pre-training and vocational tasks based on their age, interests, and capabilities, to help empower them in the workplace and provide them hands-on experience.
Salah Habib, CEO of Sanad Village said the organisation was pleased to join hands with General Motors and strongly believes that these kinds of partnerships play a critical role in ensuring more safe spaces and comprehensive programmes tailored to meet the needs of people of determination.
As part of SANAD’s Village vocational program, the internship is aimed at students aged 13 years old and above. Through the collaboration, the programme will provide students with vast exposure to the automotive industry and insights in a potential career in mobility.
“Partnerships like these can ultimately, further the common goal of creating truly inclusive communities where people of determination and their families are engaged and empowered,” commented Habib.
GM AMEO believes the initiative will help ‘unleash incredible talent’ by building a tolerant and inclusive culture: “Engaging everyone in the workforce, while creating a culture where every employee can thrive.”
Monica Hernandez, Regional HR Director for GM Africa & Middle East, added: “For over 90 years now, the Middle East has been our home and we are committed to supporting its efforts towards an inclusive and resilient work environment for all. The shared vision of the UAE government and SANAD Village, is one we are completely aligned with, as we see inclusion to be an integral aspect of our corporate culture and social responsibility. In fact, our goal is to become the world’s most inclusive organization, starting by building up leaders of tomorrow for a better future.
“We are delighted to partner with SANAD Village, enabling us to support students while giving them the right tools to unlock their full potential. We all have a part to play in understanding and embracing our differences and we need to collectively create an environment that supports everyone. We believe in the instrumental role the UAE youth can play in shaping the future of mobility we have set out to bring to life and will strive to ensure they are empowered to discover their capabilities.”