Tamkeen's scheme benefits 7,200 Bahrainis
Manama, March 26, 2014
Bahrain's labour fund Tamkeen said more than 7,200 Bahrainis have benefited through its "Professional Certifications Scheme" since its launch in November 2011.
Tamkeen offers these programmes as part of its efforts to develop the skills of Bahrainis and match them with market requirements. To date, the programme enabled more than 4,000 Bahrainis to obtain internationally accredited professional certifications in 212 subjects, reported the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication.
About 29 per cent of the beneficiaries obtained certificates in ICT, 18 per cent in finance and accounting, 13 per cent in health and safety, and eight per cent in human resources management, in addition to other fields and specialisations, the report added.
Tamkeen said its total financial support for the programme reached BD4.9 million ($13 million).
With the target number of beneficiaries for the current stage reached, Tamkeen announced that it has temporarily suspended receiving applications for the programme until the restructuring of its current programmes is completed.
The restructuring is a key part of the plans announced in its Operational Plan for 2014, and aims to enhance quality, become more client focused and achieve better results, it added.
Tamkeen will focus on serving around 3,160 beneficiaries who are already registered in the programme. The date on which Tamkeen will resume receiving applications will be announced in due course, said a senior official.
"The decision is based on feedback received from various economic sectors during consultation sessions held in October last year, as well as recommendations of the National Audit Court and the results of impact assessment studies Tamkeen is conducting to evaluate its performance," explained Tamkeen chairman and acting chief executive Shaikh Mohammed bin Essa Al Khalifa.
"The impact assessment and re-engineering process is a key aspect of our preparations for Tamkeen's 2015-2017 strategy, which will primarily focus on enhancing the quality of our programmes rather than their quantity," he stated.
"When completed, Tamkeen's offerings will be more focused, efficient and flexible to meet the needs of Bahrainis and business owners. It will continue to support the private sector through the development of Bahrainis and businesses," he added.-TradeArabia News Service