‘Tomooh’ was launched to support the development of UAE Nationals who wish to take-up leadership roles at ADNOC service stations

24 August 2020

ADNOC Distribution has trained 254 UAE national employees to take on leadership roles across its network of service stations.

‘Tomooh’ – meaning ambition in Arabic – is a customized frontline leadership program developed in collaboration with the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT). Led by the Centre of Excellence for Applied Research & Training (CERT) – the training arm of HCT, it enables the 75 women and 179 men who completed the course to take up leadership roles at ADNOC service stations.

The students undertook classroom training, held virtually to ensure the health and safety of all participants during the COVID-19 pandemic, covering leadership and management, interpersonal skills, finance, operations, human resources and sales and marketing. In addition, they undertook intensive onsite training at service stations across the UAE.

During an event to mark their completion of the course employees were addressed by ADNOC Distribution’s chairman, Dr Sultan Al Jaber, and the UAE Minister of Education, H.E. Hussain Ibrahim Al Hammadi.

Ahmed Al Shamsi, Acting CEO, ADNOC Distribution, said: “The development of our people is integral to our future growth and success and, in line with the UAE’s Vision 2021, we are committed to fostering the talent of our UAE nationals. 

“The ‘Tomooh’ program was devised following feedback from our national employees, who cited an interest in the opportunity to take up customer-facing leadership roles within our extensive network of fuel and retail stations. It has been a pleasure to work in partnership with HCT, who provide a wealth of expertise in creating a tailored program of development for our local talent, to support them in their career progression. I look forward to following the success of our first ‘Tomooh’ graduates as they embark upon this exciting journey with us.”

His Excellency Dr. Abdullatif AlShamsi, President and CEO, HCT, said: “Our partnership with ADNOC Distribution reflects our commitment to training and developing the local work-force, we equip them with skills that provide a gamut of career advancement opportunities. In-line with the progressive Emiratization policies of the UAE Government, ‘Tomooh’ falls within our ‘fourth-generation’ framework which aims to instill skills of the 4thIndustrial Revolution among Emiratis.”

Many of the students have already begun the new challenge in their service station roles and a second enrollment in the ‘Tomooh’ program is expected in 2021.