Efeco sets a very high benchmark when it comes to investment in its staff.
So much so that investment in training and development topped $6million in 2018, and featured an extensive UAE national development programme (NDP).
Under the programme’s umbrella, participants are recruited into graduate placement schemes (which run for two years), as well as internship positions and summer jobs.
It represents a significant step towards addressing the skills gap challenge in the region, but the preparation for the future doesn’t stop there.
“We are upgrading our BIM platform across all projects, including training users for better understanding and utilisation, while using updated AI platform and interfaces,” explained Efeco MD Gavin Appleby with one eye on shifting technologies that are predicted to disrupt the sector.
“We are also developing prefabrication and modularisation facilities. We have developed and introduced a fire-rated ventilation duct and plan commercial production. It has been listed with local and internationally-recognised European laboratories.
“We are collaborating with experts to comply to specially-designed requirements of seismic and structural supports to ensure the same is considered while 3D modeling, thus avoiding delays and repetitive work later.”
Efeco is able to confidently adapt for future challenges thanks to projected revenues of $217m for the current fiscal year – more than half of which (52%) is already secured.
Among others, recent completed projects include the AMMROC Military Airport in Al Ain, and a total of 1,057 villas in West Yas, Abu Dhabi.
New additions to the portfolio include the Saudi Aramco Advance Tech Lab in the Eastern Province of the kingdom, along with full mechanical works at Midfield Terminal Abu Dhabi Airport.
Indeed, the Middle East represents a land of opportunity for Efeco, now and looking forward.
“The main [area] is the growth in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Efeco has secured three projects with Saudi Aramco and one project in the Red Sea,” said Appleby.
“The future project pipeline is staggering, with Saudi Aramco, SABIC, Royal Commissions and, of course, PIF. Our biggest opportunity in the UAE is the launch of Falcon fire-rated ductwork.
“We have obtained EU approval and UAE Civil Defense approval to manufacture and supply GI fire-rated duct – an incredible opportunity to diversify across the region as the only MEP contractor in control of cost and supply chain.”