Qtel chairman Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohamed bin Saud al-Thani and Qtel Group chief executive officer Dr Nasser Marafih inspired employees on a visit to a company training session in Abu Dhabi recently, as part of the innovative “Me and My Company” programme. Qtel employees and recent Qatari national graduates from different universities sponsored by Qtel, participated in the phase of Qtel’s pioneering employee engagement and orientation programme. A section during the programme covered telecommunications industry, a business simulation and general introduction to the trends shaping communications today. Qtel’s “Me and My Company” programme helps new employees to understand Qtel’s business culture and eases them into new roles in the Qtel family. The Qtel Human Resources team created the programme after conducting in-depth research within the company, especially a survey of Qatari graduates. In the programme, current employees serve as mentors for the new recruits, exchanging information on Qtel’s culture of teamwork and support. Qtel’s HR team works with these new recruits within their first few weeks to keep them fully engaged and well-informed. This programme helps position Qtel as one of the top employers of choice for Qatari nationals. Qtel also runs a BTEC Technical Training Programme for Qatari national secondary school graduates to give them a head-start in engineering and development operations, apart from offering its staff a variety of enhanced programmes, including the HEC-Paris Leadership programme “The Value Leader” under the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), Institute of Leadership and Management Certification programme (ILM) and the Chartered Institute of Marketing Certification programme (CIM) through Cambridge Professional Academy UK. Employee engagement is one of the cornerstones of Qtel’s business, helping employees learn how they contribute to the company and how they meet their personal goals. During the visit to the Emirates, the “Me and My Company” participants also visited the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, went on a dhow cruise around Abu Dhabi and visited the Ferrari World amusement park.