GAC Corporate Academy (GCA) is the ISO-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 organisational levels. It also played an essential role in supporting the succeeding vision and strategy of the Group: Vision Y – Global Values in 2008, Vision Z – Global Performance in 2013, and Delta 21 in 2017, which identified GAC’s need to ensure it is structurally and operationally fit to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
The latest strategy that has come into effect in 2024, Aurora 21, primarily focuses on harnessing and releasing our companies’ entrepreneurial spirit and seeking expansion opportunities. The wide range of the Academy’s business performance, operations, commercial and personal 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 can select a range of core and job-specific courses. The GAC Group encourages all personnel to embrace professional development and to learn by acquiring new knowledge, skills, and abilities that build upon an individual’s strengths.
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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:
The GAC Corporate Academy (GCA), under the Office of the Group Vice President, Human Resources, is committed to attaining and sustaining ISO21001:2018 certification, as approved by the GAC Group Management. As the GAC Group is a quality-centred organisation, its decision to extend the highly-valued philosophies of quality management into its corporate learning organisation is a natural extension of its commitment to its business philosophies. Further, it demonstrates the principles of integration and alignment.Read the full Policy here
Under the Office of the Group Vice President, GCA, Human Resources is committed to attaining and sustaining ISO 21001:2018. GAC Corporate Headquarters view the management system for educational organisations 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 is the operating companies of the GAC Group. GCA is required to 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 and 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.
A Quality, Certification and Service Standard has been developed to translate the intention of the GCA Quality policy, 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.Read the full Policy here
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:
All new employees are required to complete these courses within the probation period specified after joining.Read the full Policy here.
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.Read the full Policy here.
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.Read the full Policy here.
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.Read the full Policy here.
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.Read the full Policy here.
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