Tamkeen sets up new fund for Bahrainis
Manama, November 28, 2011
Tamkeen has set up a BD2.24 million ($5.94 million) professional certification fund which will help Bahrainis master professional skills.
It is offering internationally accredited professional certifications in marketing, human resources, accounting, finance, engineering, health and safety, project management and many others.
The Tamkeen Professional Certification Scheme is designed to offer individuals an opportunity to finance their professional qualifications.
Under the scheme, Tamkeen will pay 50 per cent of the fees at the beginning of the application process and refund the candidate's 50 per cent contribution upon each successful completion.
Applicants, with the required core qualifications, shall be able to select the course and training institute of their choice.
Individuals who are already enrolled in professional certification programmes may also apply for the scheme.
Based on a Tamkeen-commissioned survey, more than 100 professional certifications have been identified as being most in demand.
It has been structured to suit every level of employees and fresh graduates from certified e-marketing associate certifications to those like the chartered IT professional programme which will help Bahraini career advancement in different fields and levels.
The market survey helped to identify the relevant certifications, and understand the demand for these qualifications amongst current and prospective employers in Bahrain.
The scheme will fill skills shortages of specialised practitioners in the labour market and add value to the workforce over the next four years.
'This concept has been designed to assist and fund those who wish to enhance their professional status and progress their careers by attaining professional qualifications that suit their respective fields,' said Tamkeen chief executive Mahmood Al Kooheji.
'Under such a flexible scheme, as the need arises, more qualifications can be added to those that will initially be offered.'
The scheme will include the payment and refund of the relevant course fees paid by the candidate at the beginning of the application process, during the study phase and the required membership registrations after attaining the certification.-TradeArabia News Service