Tamkeen revamps key programmes

MANAMA: Tamkeen has announced a major revamp of the evaluation and support mechanisms and procedures of the training and certification programmes.

The revamp come as part of the third phase of its current Transformation Strategy 2018-2020, which aims to update training solutions it provides to maximise the impact of the support on the development of individuals and enterprises.

The updates encompass Tamkeen’s key training support initiatives, such as the professional certifications and basic skills programmes well as the training support provided under the Training and Wage Support Programme for enterprises.

Tamkeen chief executive Dr Ebrahim Janahi said the overhaul comes as part of ongoing efforts to provide better services and improve the level of training in Bahrain for individuals and enterprises by encouraging training providers to develop their programmes to the highest standards.

Set to commence in the fourth quarter of 2019 and be implemented over several phases starting from January 2020, the process involves a comprehensive review of all the certificates approved by Tamkeen, including reviewing the amount of support under each certificate through a new evaluation system with transparent calculation mechanisms and criteria. Moreover, the support amount may vary based on the rating the training service provider receives from the Education and Training Quality Authority (BQA).

In addition, the certificates covered by the basic skills programmes will be combined into a single set called Employment Skills.

The move will provide job-seekers with an integrated suite of programmes that will enhance their chance of finding a job and equip them with the required skills during their journey.

Provision of the training will be limited to training institutions rated ‘Outstanding’ and ‘Good’ by the NQF to ensure its quality and effectiveness.

As for the training support under the Enterprise Support Programme, Tamkeen will adjust the support ratio to optimise the sustainability of local and internationally accredited training programmes.

This will enable more enterprises to train their Bahraini employees and allow them to the receive the full support amount when employees receive wage increment after completing the training course.

The step affirms Tamkeen’s commitment to promoting the wage increase culture while encouraging organisations to carefully consider their training needs before applying to the programme.

Tamkeen will gauge the impact of the support provided through the programme through a new mechanism that uses an array of measurement tools such as questionnaires, impact studies and others.

Earlier this year, Tamkeen made major revamps to its enterprise support programmes by introducing various digital solutions such as electronic validation, virtual site visit and e-payment using Fawateer, as well as new support schemes such as virtual CRs and 5K support which provides enterprises with grants of up to BD5,000.

Source: http://www.gdnonline.com/Details/596736/Tamkeen-revamps-key-programmes

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