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Sunday, July 29, 2018

"Human Resources and Emiratisation" defines the controls for the training and employment of students during their academic leave

His Excellency Nasser bin Thani Al Hamli, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, issued a resolution setting out the rules and conditions for the training and employment of students at private sector establishments during the academic leave.

His Excellency Nasser bin Thani Al Hamli, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, issued a resolution setting out the rules and conditions for the training and employment of students at private sector establishments during the academic leave.

 

The resolution comes in the wake of the launch of the national program of field training and summer work "Wajihni", which is part of the " Emiratisation 360" initiative, one of the initiatives being implemented by the Ministry in partnership with the Ministry of Education and universities to educate Emirati youth and students about the importance of work in the private sector and to highlight its advantages. It also aims to equip Emirati youth and students with professional guidance to enable them to access employment in this sector, as the program acquaints them of available opportunities for field training and summer work offered by the private sector through the Smart Application "Wajihni".

 

The Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation resolution, which came into force, allowed the private sector establishments to enroll students from the age of fifteen years for training with them, provided that a contract is written between the two parties in accordance with the forms applicable at the Ministry.  It should include the training work, its duration, weekly days off, other leave, amount of trainee reward (if any), and any other benefits granted to the trainee, all in accordance with establishment’s system.

 

The resolution also authorizes establishments to employ students who have reached the age of 15 during their academic leave for a period of not more than three months at a time, except in cases where an exception is obtained. In any case, a contract should be written between the two parties according to the forms applicable at the Ministry. The contract should specify the nature of the student's work, its duration and salary, in addition to the weekly day off and the number of hours to be worked daily.

 

The resolution specifies seven conditions that must be met prior to the approval of the training and employment of the student. These includes a written approval from the parent or guardian of the student, the availability of the UAE ID card, and proof of student status. As for non-Emirati students wishing to train or work, they must have valid residence.

 

 

 

The resolution also requires the availability of a certificate of no objection from the student’s educational institution in the case of training. It also stipulates that the establishment, that will offer training or work for the student, should not be suspended by the Ministry. Additionally, the student needs to provide a certificate of fitness from a competent doctor, while in the case of training the approval of the parent or guardian would be an alternative to this certificate.

 

The resolution prohibits the training or employment of the juvenile student (who is between the ages of 15 and 18) during the academic leave in 31 types of hazardous work such as the management or supervision of moving machines, repair or cleaning during their movement. It also prohibits working in furnaces designed to smelter, refine or mature mineral materials and other related work that are hazardous to students. The Resolution also prohibits the student’s training or employment at night in industrial projects where the word night means a period of not less than twelve consecutive hours, which cover the period from 8 pm to 6 am.

 

The resolution also stipulates that the actual working hours for the juvenile student shall be six hours per day and that the working hours shall include one or more periods of rest or to eat or pray for a total of not less than one hour a day. This period or periods shall be determined so that the student does not work for more than four consecutive hours. If the work of the juvenile student involves a period of rehabilitation or training, this period shall be counted within his working hours. In all cases, the student may not be kept in the workplace or training for more than seven consecutive hours.

 

The resolution requires that the student should not to be assigned to work for overtime hours, in any case, and that the student should not be kept in the workplace after the scheduled hours, and that he/she may not work or be trained on his/her days off.

 

The resolution stipulates that the juvenile student should be trained on how to use occupational safety and health methods, and that the establishment should monitor the students’ implementation and ensure that they benefit from these methods. The establishment should also provide the work or training environment provided to all workers, taking into account the circumstances of the juvenile student. The establishment should also inform the juvenile student’s parent or guardian about any disease or absence or conduct of the juvenile student during the working hours or training that the parent or guardian should be informed about. The resolution confirmed that the trainee student or the working student should receive the full privileges provided for in the contract between him/her and the establishment.

 

The resolution also stipulates that the student obtains a certificate of experience at the end of the period of his training or employment at the establishment, provided that this certificate includes an evaluation of his performance during that period.

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