The Abu Dhabi Vocational Education and Training Institute (ADVETI) in partnership with BASF, the world’s leading chemical company, opened a state-of-the-art spray-painting vocational training center for automotive refinishing at Zayed Military City in Abu Dhabi.
BASF’s partnership with ADVETI and its support of WorldSkills and Emirates Skills is part of the company’s commitment to contributing to the UAE’s countrywide efforts to build institutions that provide quality technical and vocational education.
According to the UAE government, the UAE needs to produce 10 Emiratis with vocational skills for every university graduate to achieve a sustainable and diversified knowledge-based economy. To close the skills gap, BASF is actively supporting the development of local talent.
Spanning 800 square meters, the new center will cater to the increasing demand for automotive refinishing products and services in the region. The facility will serve as an ideal training ground for young, talented Emiratis and also be used by some of BASF’s automotive refinish customers.
Dr Udo Huenger, Vice President Middle East at BASF, said: “The establishment of the state-of-the-art spray-painting vocational training center in Abu Dhabi reaffirms BASF’s commitment to the UAE’s development goals and to this region. Together with ADVETI instructors, we will start training young, talented Emiratis to become professional car painters.”
He added: “It is also our ambition to make young, talented UAE nationals excited about the automotive spray-painting profession and qualify them to land a job in one of the UAE’s body shops while equipping them with experience in working with premier automotive refinish products. The right coating technology, the most efficient application techniques, and compliance with the highest quality standards require a drive for perfection, and we aim to help instill this passion in our Emirati talents.”
The center will feature a large color lab, an experience area for business partners, a dedicated application and preparation area with a professional classroom equipped with latest technical and multimedia training tools. Offering a set of innovative service modules designed to improve the processes and overall performance of a body shop, the curriculum will be flexible in order to meet the specific training needs of the customers.