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Posted On: 24 January 2021 07:30 am
Updated On: 25 January 2021 10:29 am

INJAZ Qatar launches the 3rd edition of Job Champions competition

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INJAZ Qatar, in partnership with the German Embassy in Qatar, and sponsored by Volkswagen, is gearing up to launch the 3rd edition of the Job Champions work-readiness competition in the country in January 2021. The initiative promises to bring educators, students, parents and employers a fresh perspective on career-training programs for university students.

The competition is open to all university students currently studying one of the engineering or businessmajors such as Marketing, Accounting, Finance, Management, HR and IT. Through a four-module program spanningseveral weeks, selected students will learn and practice the whole range of skills they will need to take up a position in the private or public sector as soon as they leave university.

Mr. Emad Al Khaja, CEO at INJAZ Qatar explained, “In addition to academic qualifications, students need to be ‘work ready’ –in other words, they need interpersonal skills, behavioral adaptability and a positive attitude to adapt and succeed. The Job Champions equips graduates with such skills. The competition meets the country’s increasing demand for youth education, which is a crucial element of human development, one of the pillars of Qatar National Vision 2030.”

The first two modules will be a learning process, and will include professional mentoring with Volkswagen in Qatar. This will be in addition toclassroom sessions, workshops and psychometric testing. These two modules will equip each participant with the practical skills they need to enter the workplace immediately upon graduation.

Module 3 is a business competition that will give groups of students an opportunity to combine their academic learning with the skills they acquired in modules 1 and 2 to come up with a solution to a real-life problem at Volkswagen. The winning team will go on to the fourth module, which is a grand prize – an all-expenses paid, three-week internship with Volkswagen in Germany.

With the application process almost over, 40 students have been shortlisted to form groups, with each group consisting of students from a variety of majors. The first three modules will take place between January and February taking into consideration the COVID-19 precautionary measures and theaward ceremony will be held towards March/April. The three-week internship in Germany is scheduled during June to coincide with universities’ summer break.

The German Embassy in Qatar, which is collaborating with INJAZ Qatar for the event, is encouraging university students make use of this opportunity to be mentored by a top-rated company such as Volkswagen.

Germany’s Ambassador to Qatar, H.E. Dr. Claudius Fischbach said: “INJAZ Qatar’s Job Champions program is a unique opportunity for university students to prepare for their professional lives. Participants will strengthen their skill set throughout the program’s workshops and business challenge and the winning team will have the outstanding opportunity to do an internship with Volkswagen in Germany. Volkswagen is the world’s leading car manufacturer and a technology leader in mobility. In a cooperation with Qatar Investment Authority Volkswagen is developing ground-breaking autonomous transport solutions here in Qatar that will transform the future of sustainable urban mobility. ‘Project Qatar Mobility’ is a perfect example of innovation through partnership and very much in line with Qatar’s National Vision 2030 aiming at transforming the country to a knowledge-based economy. The most valuable resource in such a knowledge-based economy is the skills of our young generation and I am happy that participants in the program will benefit from their insights they will gain from their internship with Volkswagen in Germany. I am proud that the German Embassy contributed to forging the partnership between INJAZ and Volkswagen which also is a symbol of the close partnership between our two countries.”

As the competition sponsor, Volkswagen has worked hard to ensure that on-the-job mentoring by Volkswagen staff will provide students with as realistic an experience as possible, giving them a clear idea of what it takes to work and succeed in a corporate environment today.

Volkswagen AG Germany said, “On the road to becoming a globally leading provider of sustainable mobility, Volkswagen is broadly committed to foster young talents and to attract young professionals from all over the world. Therefore, we are not only happy to be the sponsor for this year’s InJaz Job Champions Program, but to also support the program effectively by enabling young people to gain practical experience on site at Volkswagen’s headquarter in Wolfsburg”.

With an increase in demand for streamlined and comprehensive training in Qatar’s business and corporate sectors, INJAZ’s Job Champions Competition promises to provide outstanding mentoringopportunities in an inspirational and exciting environment.

Source: Press Release