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12.11.13

UAE Nationals trained for success at Agthia

Select graduates of talent programme to receive full training scholarships
ABU DHABI, December 11: Almost 80 Emirati employees at Agthia Group PJSC, a leading UAE food and beverage group, have graduated from the company’s National Talent Integration Programme (NTIP), with more than 20 to follow in coming months. Through the programme, young Emiratis  who join Agthia are trained in a wide range of areas, including introduction to finance, effective communication, business etiquette and corporate culture.
A key initiative launched under the patronage of Agthia Chairman HE Rashed Al Hajeri, the NTIP graduation ceremony took place at the Armed Forces Officers Club & Hotel in the presence of Agthia CEO Ilias Assimakopoulos and other members of the senior management team.
One graduate, Salma Saeed Khalfan, Senior HR Officer at Agthia, shared her views on the programme, saying, “The National Talent Integration Programme was a great learning experience. At the end of the course I felt more confident communicating both internally and externally, and understood better how etiquette and image plays an important part in any organisation. I also had the opportunity to increase my knowledge in finance terminology and organisational functions, which adds value to my role in Human Resources.”
Agthia has increased the number of UAE nationals employed across the group by sixfold over the last three years to 113 currently.  The company has also launched several internal initiatives to enhance the career development of Emiratis and selected graduates of NTIP will be rewarded with full scholarships to receive certifications in engineering and supply chain at vocational training school, ADVETI. 
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About Agthia
Agthia Group is a leading Abu Dhabi based food and beverage company established in 2004. 
The Company is listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) and has the symbol “Agthia”. 51 percent of the Company’s shares are held by Senaat (General Holding Corporation), an Abu Dhabi Government entity, with the balance held by individual and institutional investors. 
The Company’s assets are located in the UAE, Egypt and Turkey. Agthia offers a world class portfolio of integrated businesses providing high quality and trusted food and beverage products for customers and consumers across the UAE, GCC, Turkey and the wider Middle East. 
Agthia employs around 2,000 employees and has four business divisions in various food and beverage segments:
• UAE, Agri Business Division: Responsible for the management, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of Grand Mills, the leading high quality flour and animal feed products in the UAE;
• UAE, Consumer Business Division: Responsible for the management, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of several brands including: Al Ain Mineral Water, a leading bottled drinking water in the UAE; Capri-Sun juices; Al Ain tomato paste and frozen vegetables products; and Yoplait dairy products;
• Egypt, Business Division: Responsible for management, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of Al Ain and Pure Natural tomato and chilli paste, and fruit puree;
• Turkey, Business Division: Responsible for management, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of Alpin, natural spring bottled water.
For more information, please visit www.agthia.com or contact:
Pamela Chahine
Agthia Group
Tel: 971 2 506 0600
Email: Pamela.chahine@agthia.com
Dina Ghandour
Brunswick Group
Tel: 971 2 234 4606
Email: dghandour@brunswickgroup.com

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