By Staff writer
Decree issued by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation
Students in the UAE will now be able to work in the private sector following a decree issued by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.
It allows students aged from 12 to 18 to obtain work for training purposes, while those aged from 15 to 18 can apply for permits to work in the private sector.
The decree, which applies to UAE citizens and expats, grants students the same benefits as those in regular employment. Applications for work permits require written consent from a guardian.
Saqr Ghobash, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, said: “The decree comes within the framework of carrying out tasks assigned to the ministry in terms of labour market management in accordance with the vision of the future government, to develop human resources and invest in their capabilities so as to enhance productivity and participation in the labour market.
“The decree complements previous ones that had been issued back in 2011 with regards to issuing temporary work permits for juveniles; therefore, students follow such categories in which may be enrolled in private sector enterprises under those permits.”
Temporary work permits allow students to work on projects for six months, part-time permits allows students to work for fewer hours than their counterparts for up to a year, while juvenile work permits allows students aged from 15 to 18 years to work for up to a year. Each permit costs AED500.
Permits can be requested from Tas’heel service centres or through the ministry’s smartphone applications.