The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR), announced that the number of accredited experts in the Government Skills Bank, the largest incubator for experts, professionals and talents in the federal government, has reached more than 470, while the number of members, consisting of federal government employees, exceeds 2,400.
In this regard, Salwa Abdullah, Director of Projects and Programs Department at the Authority, explained that The purpose behind creating the Government Skills Bank is to assist and empower federal entities to benefit from the professional knowledge and expertise of specialists in various fields and disciplines related to the Authority’s function, exploit their experience in developing the institutional work system in the Federal Government and establish a knowledge management culture.
She added that the Authority held during 2021 a series of virtual workshops for federal government employees, to introduce them to the advantages of the Skills Bank portal: skillsbank.fahr.gov.ae, which was launched in 2019.
“The portal enables employees to communicate with specialized experts registered in the portal, to benefit from their experiences and knowledge in many vital issues, by asking them questions and inquiries, as well as providing opportunity for knowledge transfer, training and advise in different fields”, she explained.
She added: “The portal is available exclusively to ministries, and other federal entities and employees. It displays data for all members of Government Skills Bank network, together with a summary of their biography, technical skills and experience, as well as a special corner to showcase the latest articles, studies and specialized researches in many fields and disciplines”.
Criteria for selecting members of Government Skills Bank Network
According to Salwa Abdullah, the criteria used in selecting members of the Federal Government’s Skills Bank Network, which is subject to a set of criteria. They include the relevance of the member’s competencies to the needs of the entity and the Federal Government; practical experience in similar setting, achievements and recognition in the field of competence, dissemination and application of best practices, communication skills, guidance, knowledge transfer and professional volunteering.
Criteria for Assessing the Skills of Government Skills Bank Network Members
Regarding evaluating members of Skills Bank network, the Authority adopted a set of criteria for the purpose, namely years of experience, number of training or guidance hours attended previously, relevant professional certificates, and number of conferences and seminars attended as a speaker in the field of specialization.
How are members of Government Skills Bank Network nominated?
Salwa Abdullah said that nomination of Government Skills Bank members in the ministries and federal entities are done through three methods: self-nomination, nomination by colleagues, Nomination by The Employee’s Immediate Super.