UAE: I am a high school student looking for an internship, do I need a work permit?

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Dubai: Gaining work experience as a high school student can be a big boost to your CV and job skills. However, if this is your first time looking for an internship, you may not know how old you need to be for an internship or what documents you might need to provide.

Here is a detailed guide on how you can apply for an internship in the UAE.

How old do I have to be?

According to Article 5 of the new UAE Labor Law, a person must be at least 15 years old be employed in the country.

Do I need a work permit?

Whether you work for a few days, weeks or months, everyone in the UAE workforce needs a work permit issued by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization (MoHRE).

Internships for 15 to 18-year-olds the company would be required to apply for a “work permit for minors”, according to Trupti Rajesh Nadgauda, ​​head of recruitment at Sharjah-based development company Arada.

“This permit is enforced by the employer. The company will apply through a Tas’heel center and once approved, they can print the permit through the MOHRE website. The license includes the date of employment and [details of the] work for which they are hired. In addition, insurance should be provided for minors as well as other employees.

Tas’heel is an online government system for all work-related processes, allowing businesses and typing centers to make transactions and payments online at MOHRE.

According to Nadgauda, ​​the total cost of applying for and approving a work permit is 600 Dhs. The permit is valid for one year.

This permit is enforced by the employer. The business will apply through a Tas’heel center and once approved can print the permit through the MOHRE website.

– Trupti Rajesh Nadgauda, ​​Head of Recruitment at Sharjah-based development company Arada

What documents do I need?

Here are the documents you need to provide when applying for an internship:

1. Written consent or No Objection Certificate (NOC) or letter from parent or guardian

2. Copy of valid passport,

3. Copy of UAE residency visa of parent or guardian and student

4. Color photo of student on white background

5. The internship application form.

6. A valid medical certificate of fitness. “The medical certificate is mandatory and can be obtained from an approved medical center like Preventive Medical Centers across the UAE,” Nadgauda said.

How much does a medical aptitude test cost?

Preventive medical centers or fitness medical screening centers are operated by government health authorities such as Dubai Health Authority (DHA), Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) or Ministry of Health in Dubai. ‘Abu Dhabi.

The average cost of a medical screening test for employment is around Dh250, according to MOHAP and DHA. The cost of physical fitness tests differs depending on the category and job description of the worker.

What are the working hours of minors?

Nadgauda clarified that interns under the age of 18 can work for a maximum six hours with one hour breakin accordance with Article 5 of the UAE Labor Law.

The article also emphasizes that minors must not work more than four consecutive hours. In addition, the law also stipulates that a minor must not be asked to work overtime and must not be kept at the workplace after working hours or during rest days or holidays.

Tips for building your CV

1. Call the organization:

Instead of sending your resume in a mass email to every organization you want to work with, call the organization first for best results.

“Call the organization’s phone number and ask to speak directly to the hiring manager,” said Jake Postles, recruitment consultant at Ignite, a Dubai-based recruitment agency. Although you may not always get the desired result all the time, the initiative you show can sometimes pay off.

2. Use professional networking sites to your advantage:

Postles also recommended starting work early on your professional profile on LinkedIn or other networks.

“I would recommend any student looking for an internship to create a solid LinkedIn profile. They can then use this to find hiring managers within the organization. Students can go to the LinkedIn page of the organization, go to ‘People’, then search for ‘Talent acquisition managers’ or ‘HR manager.’ Students can then connect with those people on LinkedIn and message them directly about the job, Postles said.

3. Take Online Classes

“Depending on the type of internship, [students] can take work-appropriate online courses. For example, if they were applying for a marketing internship, they could take a course in digital marketing or social media, which would set them apart from the crowd,” Postles said.

For example, if they were applying for a marketing internship, they could take a course in digital marketing or social media, which would set them apart from the crowd.

– Jake Postles, recruitment consultant at Ignite, a Dubai-based recruitment agency

4. List your volunteer or extracurricular work

According to Postles, companies value candidates who display a wide variety of skills, so listing your volunteer work or extracurricular activities you might be involved in could also help your resume stand out.

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