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Tamkeen updates career development support in Bahrain

by Madaline Dunn

The Labour Fund (Tamkeen) has announced updates to its career development support programs for enterprise training and leadership employment in Bahrain.

The initiative, announced late last year, aims to empower 50,000 Bahrainis annually through tailored programs and strategic partnerships. Its “revamped” Leadership Employment Program, for example, introduces a new track designed to incentivise organisations to increase the wages of employees promoted to higher leadership or executive roles. 

Here, Tamkeen will support 100 per cent of the wage increment ranging from 5 per cent to 20 per cent for 24 months to Bahraini employees who meet specified criteria, including tenure and experience.

The Enterprise Training Support Program has also been updated to include comprehensive coverage for accredited certificates in specialised technical skills, leadership, or administrative skills, and internal training. 

Further, Tamkeen will extend 50 per cent support for accredited certifications related to personal and local skills development.

“Tamkeen’s programs play a pivotal role in developing our national competencies and nurturing partnerships with private sector stakeholders,” commented Tamkeen Chief Executive, Her Excellency Maha Abdulhameed Mofeez.

“Introducing the new leadership track and the enhanced Enterprise Training Support Program underscores our commitment to incentivizing employee growth, while urging institutions to prioritize workforce development.”

Tamkeen’s Chief Executive outlined that these programs both promote employee retention and advance career prospects for national talents.

Since 2023, Tamkeen’s initiatives have facilitated job placements for over 12,300 Bahraini nationals, while 10,700 individuals have benefited from training support, and more than 5,100 institutions have received assistance.

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