Bahrain 'must focus on training young'
Manama, January 23, 2012
Bahrain stands to gain significantly from equipping its younger generation with an improved knowledge of the global economy and skills tailored to today's labour market, said an industry expert.
"The kingdom should make it a priority to ensure its young people are well prepared for the challenges of working in the modern economy," inJAz Bahrain executive director Shaikha Hessa bint Khalifa Al Khalifa said in an interview with the global publishing house Oxford Business Group (OBG).
"The job market is continually changing, and certain jobs are in decline while other skill sets are in high demand," she said.
"The educational community needs to ensure that curricula are up to date and in line with global standards."
The interview with Shaikha Hessa will appear in The Report: Bahrain 2012, OBG's forthcoming guide on the kingdom's economic activity and investment opportunities.
The group's report will include a detailed, sector-by-sector guide for foreign investors, together with a wide range of interviews with the most prominent political, economic and business leaders.
Shaikha Hessa said that the private sector had a valuable role to play in providing young people with an insight into getting started in business and Bahrain's workforce needs.
"It is important to ingrain the entrepreneurial spirit in students before they graduate," she said.
"The key is to get the private sector involved as much as possible within the classroom, whether through teaching programmes, knowledge-sharing or co-ordination with educators to inform them of local needs."
She also voiced her hope that inJAz Bahrain's financial literacy programmes would encourage a higher number of graduates to consider a career in financial services by providing them with a better understanding of the industry.-TradeArabia News Service