The Secondary Technical School (STS) Ajman campus successfully hosted a booth at the second annual Ajman Education & Training Exhibition (AETEX) to promote their contribution to quality education in the Emirate of Ajman.
His Highness Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Member of the Supreme Council UAE and Ruler of Ajman, visited the STS booth, along with Sheikh Ammar Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince of Ajman and Chairman of the Executive Council, as well as other government dignitaries.
Launched in 2013, AETEX invites every major public and private school in Ajman to promote the Emirate’s dedication to primary, secondary, and higher education initiatives. The event is also designed to introduce parents and students to the various academic options available in the area.
The STS Booth featured several interactive elements, including welding machine simulators and an eLearning stand that showcased STS’s iPad-focused environment. STS students from the electrical and mechanical engineering program also showed off their practical skills by demonstrating how a CNC turning machine can be used to sculpt a wooden dowel.
The stand was staffed by various STS and ADVETI stakeholders, including school staff, instructors, and talented students from various pre-professional program tracks. Visitors included young professionals, teachers, children, parents, and prospective upper-level and college students from schools all over Ajman.
“Right now, I’m learning about aviation maintenance. I have a sponsorship contract from AMMROC offering further education and secured career in aviation sector. Everyday I’m working with my classmates on disassembling real plane parts and putting them back together” said an 11th grade STS student.
“We are a unique industry driven technical school strive to empower local students with the required skills and competencies to successfully enter and compete in the governmental and private sectors. The goal with this booth is to give prospective students an idea of the amazing work our kids are doing here,” said Mohammad Abubaker, Vice Principal Academic for STS Ajman School.
“At STS Ajman School, we have 450 girls and 380 boys. In effect, we are helping the Ajman community by providing students with the skills necessary to work in Ajman and all over the Emirates,” he said.
The second annual AETEX event is being held at the Sheikh Zayed Conference Hall at Ajman University. It will run for three days and conclude on 24 April.
The establishment of the Secondary Technical Schools as a main branch of the Abu Dhabi Vocational Education and Training Institute (ADVETI) reflects the sincere interest of the wise leadership of the UAE in education for all of its citizens. It also reflects that the state needs national youth trained in the technical, vocational and technological fields. STS is a specialized and industry driven technical educational system, based on national and international standards to provide UAE youth with the required competencies and skills and qualify them to contribute effectively in the renaissance of the UAE.
STS is an industry driven and career based high school system which has been established to provide Emirati youth with technical education and training to prepare them for future careers. STS offer unique training programs, which have been developed with industry partners targeting certain job profiles. The main aim of these specialized programs is to empower Emiratis students with the required knowledge, skills, and competencies to lead the nation’s future development through world class, workplace focused technical and vocational education and training. The below mentioned clusters are industry based and have been developed to prepare students for success in their chosen career areas. The main goal of these clusters is to increase the number of skilled young Emiratis employed in rewarding careers, with opportunities for life-long learning and personal development.
- Aviation Maintenance
- Mechanical Maintenance
- Electrical Maintenance
- Civil Construction
- Health Sciences
- Finance and Accounting
- Creative Media Production
- Logistics and Supply Chain Management
- Travel, Tourism, and Hospitality
- Facilities Management
The first STS school was established in Abu Dhabi in 2010/11 as a pilot for 32 male students. The following academic year three further male schools opened in Al Ain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah. At the start of the academic year 2012/13 two additional boys’ schools were opened in Ajman and Dubai and three girls’ schools in Ajman, Al Ain and Abu Dhabi. The growing demand for vocational education has led to the opening of schools in Sharjah and Dalma Island with around 3447 boys and girls. By the upcoming academic year, another two branches in western region and Umm Al Quwain will open the door to raise the number of schools to 11 branches with around 4664 boys and girls.
STS offered certificates are nationally recognized by MoE with the Ministerial Resolution No. 387/2010, a technical secondary certificate is equivalent to a general secondary certificate Grade 12, which allows graduates of technical high schools to benefit from the privilege of a UAE-accredited education alongside other secondary school certificates. In addition, STS is offering international recognized certificates for the offered specialisms to provide the students with required skills and competencies by industry and in the same time allow them to further their education.
STS unique digital curriculum was developed through modern integration between education and technology in a way to make student the focus of the teaching and learning process. The smart integration between “Hands-On” and e-learning was translated on a dynamic form of interactive iBooks which have been developed to provide students with the modern way of learning through latest technology used in education and learning. The training labs and workshops have been built in consultation with our industry partners to simulate the real work environment and has been equipped by the latest tools and technology edge to cope up with the local market used technology.
More than 25 MoUs have been signed with national and international industry leaders to provide our students with sponsorship and rewarding careers. ADVETI-STS has developed a smart sponsorship system that facilitates our students and sponsoring companies to enter into a sponsorship agreement, which begins in G11, and continues to the completion of the Diploma. After this level, students will have the chance to join the workforce or continue their education or both. The chance for continuing further studies will be open for those students who joined the workforce in the apprenticeship model.
Students will continue their further education in ADVETI and other training providers following ADVETI’s sponsorship model below. This unique model provides our students with opportunities to:
- Secure future rewarding careers starting from G11 through signing a sponsorship contract with Industry Partners, and starting their career right after completing their diploma;
- Continue their further education and shorten the training years through signed “Articulation Agreements”
In July 2013, thirty two students have graduated from STS holding their accredited high school certificate, international certificates in their specialisms (Mechanical and Electrical Maintenance), and sponsorship contract from our industry partners securing their further studies and career. After completing a successful 4 weeks structured work placement in 29 companies all over the country, another 327 students are expected to graduate in July 2014 from Aviation Maintenance, Mechanical Maintenance, Electrical Maintenance, Finance and Accounting holding sponsorship contracts from ADNOC, AMMROC, FEWA, TS&S, AADC, and Agthia with opportunities to further their education, and then start their rewarding careers.