The National Institute for Vocational Education (NIVE) was established in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2006, in conformity with the directions of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, in order to provide students with the opportunity to gain specific job competencies geared to enhancing their employability. NIVE is an autonomously managed organisation affiliated with the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA). NIVE represents a new and clear vision for Vocational Education in the UAE. This vision places a major emphasis on the importance of vocational education correlated to the UAE’s future skills base, competitiveness and economic development within the context of a global economy. This vision also raises the status of vocational education and provides a meaningful, credible opportunity to all UAE citizens. To this end, NIVE has adopted a coherent vocational educational framework, offering clear progression routes and exit points to the world of work, as is necessary for a modern, knowledge based economy. The main mandate of NIVE is to develop a highly skilled, flexible, employable workforce that forms the key to regional and international innovation, productivity and competitiveness in accordance with: the current and future needs of the labour market the aspirations of the people of the UAE The knowledge and skills gained by students at NIVE will equip them with a solid background to foster their career growth and to meet the requirements for admission into more advanced levels of education. Programmes of study at NIVE adhere to the latest international standards and are accredited by reputable international educational institutions such as Edexcel International, which offers the programmes of BTEC (formerly the UK-based Business and Technology Education Council).