Although most of the people within the Abu Dhabi 2011 Census staff finished their studies a long time ago, in many cases with higher education degrees, they needed to return to the classroom again. And not just to any school, but one where more than 4,000 people came together to learn what a census is and how to collect data.
The bulk of the training finished on September 22nd.
It involved the people and the activities that are related to data collection during the field work phase and therefore is critical to the success of the Abu Dhabi 2011 Census.
The syllabus covered various topics such as field work, methodology and the use of the latest IT tools. The use of iPads for data collection is a world-class innovation introduced by SCAD for the first time. The trainees that were using these devices for the first time found them intuitive and easy to use.
The trainers introduced as much variety in the training as possible including role-playing. Participants simulated real situations that they may experience on the field and practiced how to handle difficulties with professionalism. The training concluded with the always feared exams. All the participants had to pass a final test which evaluated the knowledge acquired during the training and their suitability to do the work. All of them passed and are now official Abu Dhabi 2011 Census staff. Well done!
The logistics involved in preparing for the training were also massive. The training was done simultaneously in all the main cities across Abu Dhabi Emirate. It involved printing more than 7,000 training books, the organization of venues (in some cases hosting more than 1,200 participants at the same time), trainers, transportation, and catering.
The Abu Dhabi 2011 Census training would not have been possible without the collaboration of our partners at the National Theatre, Al Raha Theatre, Higher Colleges of Technology, Medical College, UAE university, Abu Dhabi University, all Municipalities and many others. Thanks to all of them!