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GAC Corporate Academy (GCA) is the certified corporate learning organisation of the GAC Group. Commencing operation in February 2007, it operates as a semi-autonomous business unit as part of GAC Corporate Headquarters based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

GCA was a direct response to GAC’s successful Vision X – Global Reach strategy in 2002, which identified the desire to invest in human resource development at all levels within the organisation. It also played an essential role in establishing the Vision Y – Global Values five-year plan in 2008.

The latest strategy, Delta 21, has identified GAC’s need to ensure it is structurally and operationally fit to meet the challenges of the 21st century.  The wide range of the Academy’s business performance, commercial and professional development programmes are directly aligned to this current GAC Group strategy. Courses are available to all personnel throughout the GAC Group, partners and network agents. GCA courses are offered using state-of-the-art eLearning technology, workshops and highly effective work-based learning processes, incorporating the Group’s overall strategy of promoting GAC-to-GAC communication.

GAC personnel has the opportunity to select a range of core and job-specific courses. The GAC Group encourages all personnel to embrace professional development and to learn through the acquisition of new knowledge, skills and abilities that build upon an individual’s strengths.

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Vision, Mission and Values


The vision of GCA is to be a world-class corporate learning organisation that enables and executes the priorities of the GAC Group.


GCA is the corporate learning organisation of the GAC Group. It exists to deliver specialised, competency-based learning using leading-edge technology and evolved learning processes through a GAC-specific context. GCA inspires and facilitates global performance in GAC stakeholders across the Group, in alignment with our corporate culture – the GAC Spirit.


The Values of GCA are to:

  • Embody GAC Spirit through learning and engagement with all GAC stakeholders.
  • Promote continuous learning and professional development.
  • Translate tacit knowledge through quality research with business experts.
  • Promote knowledge transfer to current and future generations of GAC people.
  • Connect GAC people across the Group through learning communities that facilitate knowledge sharing.
  • Ensure current and future GAC people understand and embrace the Group’s values and business objectives.
  • Support ongoing evolution of Human Resource strategy throughout the GAC World.

GCA Policies

GCA Quality, Certification and Services Standard

Under the Office of the Group Vice President, GCA, Human Resources is committed to achieving an ISO certification. GAC Corporate Headquarters view the quality management system as a critical foundation for GCA's ongoing improvement and long-term sustainability. It ensures that GCA as the corporate learning organisation aligns with the GAC Group’s business philosophies and ensures integration and alignment.

GCA’s customer base are the operating companies of the GAC Group. GCA is required to accurately understand the learning and development needs of both the Group and Operating Companies. This is done through the annual learning and development (L&D) forecasting process, together with the annual employee engagement survey (EES) that occurs in the third quarter of each year. This information is reviewed in detail and forms the basis of GCA’s subsequent annual planning cycle for the subsequent year.

To translate the intention of the GCA Quality policy, a Quality, Certification and Service Standard has been developed, which clearly outlines the responsibilities of various stakeholders in the learning process. This includes what the GAC Group expects of GCA, what participants can expect of GCA, and what GCA expects of participants.

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GAC New Employee Orientation (NEO) Policy

The GAC Group is committed to ensuring a skilled and motivated workforce who understand the history, culture and values of the organisation. To ensure that new joiners embrace GAC’s culture and values, a set of mandatory, competency-based courses form the GAC NEO programme. These are:

  • Introduction to the GAC World (IGW)
  • Compliance and Ethics (CNE)
  • Health, Safety, Security, Environment (HSSE)
  • General Data Protection Regulations Awareness (GDPR)
  • Cyber Security Awareness (CSA)

All new employees are required to complete these courses within the probation period specified after joining.

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GCA Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is a form of cheating; it is a practice that involves knowingly taking and using another person’s work and claiming it (directly or indirectly) as one’s own.

The GAC Code of Ethics is the guiding framework for ethical behavior as a GAC employee and this includes issues of plagiarism. GCA considers individuals involved in either offering or receiving assessment tasks as equally accountable.

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GCA Late Submissions and Extension Policy

GCA has developed a clear set of guidelines for the submission of late work and the rules surrounding the granting of extensions in facilitated courses.

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GCA Escalation, Course Removal and Re-Enrolment Policy

Each week course facilitators send out reminders or escalations to participants as a way to ensure their completion of the module and success in the course. Generally participants are removed after 7 (seven) to 10 (ten) days of non-participation. Re-enrollment options vary according to the circumstances and will be cleared with GLOs and Line Managers. The GCA Escalation, Removal and Re-Enrolment Policy differs depending on course duration and facilitated or self-paced modalities.

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Course Close and Certification Policy

Courses close at Midnight (U.A.E time) on the specified course close date. Course lessons and resources remain available for participants’ reference in the Course Library. Certificates are available for participants to download only if they have reached the specified passing grade for that course. Exceptions and passing grades differ between courses and facilitated or self-paced modalities.

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GCA Annual

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