Abu Dhabi aims to transform how people work

Strategy overseen by Department of Government Support will ensure skills move with times

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Abu Dhabi is ushering in a widespread change in how people work.

A strategy announced on Sunday will empower the emirate's youths, expand workplace horizons and ensure skills are moving with the times.

The programme, overseen by the Department of Government Support, is aimed at future leaders, researchers, data scientists and astronauts, among others.

Some of the programmes include digital learning, a data science academy and an information exchange scheme between the public and private sector.

The strategy comes during a shift to a more agile and digital way of working.

The digital learning programme will provide online courses to broaden knowledge about different sectors.

A data-science academy is a self-learning initiative for the emirate's youths in association with Coursera, a global online learning programme.

Other elements of the strategy include digital summer camps, distance learning and a platform to develop youth skills.

On Sunday, Sheikh Khalid bin Mohamed bin Zayed, chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office, visited the department to review its work.

Sheikh Khalid was briefed on projects overseen by the department to empower young people and bring in a digital transformation.

During the tour, he stressed the importance of training programmes and jobs for graduates..

Sheikh Khalid reviewed the "once only" policy for access to government services.

The initiative allows customers to submit personal data to government entities only once, reducing paperwork and streamlining the experience.

The policy will be available for all government services before the end of the year through the Abu Dhabi Connect platform.

Sheikh Khalid also reviewed Abu Dhabi Youth Council initiatives, which unlock opportunities for young people in the public and private sectors