EGA successfully shifts learning online to support employee talent development during COVID-19

United Arab Emirates, 29 September 2020: Emirates Global Aluminium, the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates outside oil and gas, has successfully shifted employee learning online to support talent development during COVID-19, with over 40,000 uses of a specially-developed virtual learning platform since February.

At the start of COVID-19, EGA moved workshops and learning circles entirely online in just five weeks, launching a new virtual learning platform called My Learning. EGA also trained its instructors and facilitators to deliver courses online rather than face-to-face.

My Learning provides access to EGA’s entire range of courses and modules, covering core skills related to safety and compliance, management and leadership skills, and technical training amongst many other development areas.

EGA also developed new training content to empower its employees with core skills required during the pandemic including COVID-19 prevention, leading virtually, virtual accountability, emotional resilience, and fostering positive mind-sets.

Abdulnasser Bin Kalban, EGA’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “Training and developing our people is important for our future, and it was vital that we continue this work during COVID-19. As in other areas of our business, we have had to adapt rapidly to the new reality, and I am pleased with what the learning team has achieved.”

EGA has digitised the entire training framework for EGA’s National Training programmes, which apply both theoretical and practical training for operational and technical roles. Currently, 64 young Emirati trainees are productively engaged in full-time virtual classes, including some 21 National Trainees who have joined since July. EGA has run National Training programmes since 1982.

EGA employees also have virtual access to over 2,500 certified courses from the Top 190 international universities through the edX platform, EGA provides access to employees to LinkedIn Learning, which hosts content over 16,000 business-related topics facilitated by global leaders across the world, and other virtual learning tools.