Rolls-Royce and The Emirates Group partner on new UAE national leadership development programme

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, today signed an innovative, long term leadership training agreement with The Emirates Group.

Under the first part of the agreement, signed today by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates airline and Group and Rob Watson, Rolls-Royce Regional Director - Middle East, Rolls-Royce will provide a dedicated leadership and business management development programme in the UK for talented UAE National managers within The Group.

Part of a long term learning programme, the first modules, which will begin next year, will be delivered in two phases– firstly at the award winning Rolls-Royce Learning and Career Development Centre in Derby, and then at Oxford University.  The training will cover leadership, team management, performance management and personal effectiveness.

HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates airline and Group, said: “Rolls-Royce is a prestigious company with a long tradition of excellence and we look forward to working with them. The Emirates Group has a robust UAE National training and development programme and we are keen to further develop this, utilising the proven training expertise of Rolls-Royce.  We have ambitious growth plans and to meet them we need to keep developing the talent that we have.  This programme will offer new perspectives and encourage managers to challenge current methods to improve our business even further.”

Rob Watson, Rolls-Royce, Regional Director – Middle East, said: “We are very pleased that Emirates has chosen to partner with us in this new and prestigious agreement, which is the first of its kind in the UAE.  The Emirates Group is a world class company and the commitment we are jointly making reflects the strength of the relationship between the UK and the UAE and underscores our mutual commitment to developing the next generation of Emirati business leaders. The programme we have designed is aimed at empowering future leaders with skills and experiences that will help them get the best from themselves and their teams.”

Rolls-Royce is committed to promoting education initiatives that enhance the ability of local talent to meet the industrialisation and technological challenges of the future.  The content of this learning programme is rooted in current business challenges and will give participants the knowledge and tools they need to deliver tangible results.

Rolls-Royce and Emirates airline have a strong, longstanding business relationship. Emirates currently has 128 Rolls-Royce powered aircraft in service, or on order; all of which are covered by TotalCare® long term service agreements.

About Rolls-Royce:

  1. Rolls-Royce is a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, and has established a strong position in global markets - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy.
  2. As a result of this strategy, Rolls-Royce has a broad customer base comprising more than 500 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 4,000 marine customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in nearly 120 countries, with an installed base of 54,000 gas turbines.
  3. Annual underlying revenues were £10.8 billion in 2010, of which more than half came from the provision of services. The firm and announced order book stood at £61.4 billion at 30 June 2011, providing visibility of future levels of activity.
  4. Rolls-Royce employs over 39,000 skilled people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in over 50 countries. Over 11,000 of these employees are engineers.
  5. In 2010, Rolls-Royce invested £923 million on research and development, two thirds of which had the objective of further improving the environmental performance of its products, in particular reducing emissions.
  6. Rolls-Royce supports a global network of 28 University Technology Centres, which connect the company’s engineers with the forefront of scientific research.
  7. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills.


About the Emirates Group:

The Emirates Group’s extensive and diverse international portfolio includes Emirates airline, the fourth largest combined air services provider dnata, Emirates SkyCargo, Emirates Destination and Leisure Management and Skywards. Together with a number of joint venture businesses, the Group comprises more than 50 brands, employing over 50,000 people.

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