Bahrain plans for centres to boost citizens' skills
Manama, December 23, 2013
Bahrain is planning to establish two new bodies to boost the skills and capabilities of its citizens entering the labour market, it was announced yesterday.
The Cabinet, chaired by His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, gave initial approval to establish a hospitality college and a centre for national vocational tests, reported the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.
The memorandum presented by Labour Minister Jameel Humaidan has been referred to the concerned ministerial committee for further study.
The projects aim to provide qualified Bahrainis to fill job vacancies.
"According to the data provided by the Labour Ministry, the hospitality sector can accommodate up to 9,150 jobs, which are currently occupied by expatriates," the Minister of State for Information Affairs told a press conference after the Cabinet's weekly session at Gudaibiya Palace.
"It is also considered a very developed sector that could provide a variety of jobs in terms of skills and specialities - and open new horizons for young people as part of the strategic plan of the ministry to combat unemployment.
"Whenever the college is launched, it will be up to the Labour Ministry to promote the hotel industry within the community - especially among women - and remove the misconception that many have about it."
She said the centre would ensure that jobs would go to qualified Bahrainis, "rather than just have anyone employed randomly." - TradeArabia News Service