Tamkeen and BIT to train 120 sys admins

Labour fund project to train 120 young Bahrainis for systems administrator roles

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By  Mark Sutton Published  March 22, 2009

Bahrain’s Tamkeen Labour Fund and the Bahrain Institute of Technology (BIT) have signed a deal to train 120 Bahraini school leavers to become system administrators.

The BD 324,000 ($859,000) deal aims to create job opportunities for young Bahrainis, and to help meet growing demand from the IT sector. Trainees will undergo a six month course, which will comprise of nine IT certifications, to provide full training for their future careers.

Abdulellah Al Qassimi, chief executive of Tamkeen said: “Bahrain Institute of Technology presented the proposal to us and having conducted a rigorous review and evaluation we found that the training suggested offered excellent opportunities and guaranteed employment in various businesses to build new skills among talented Bahrainis and develop the knowledge industry in the Kingdom. We are therefore very happy to support this programme.”

Tamkeen worked closely with BIT, which proposed the initiative, to select the right training courses.

Tawfiq Ali Al Qatan, acting chief executive of BIT commented: “, 'Bahrain's IT industry is growing at a promising rate and Bahrainis' knowledge of English is an added advantage that they should utilise to leave their mark in this sector because English is the language of the IT industry. The programme is open to Bahrainis holding Secondary School certifications and will equip them with the technical expertise to get started on a career in IT.”

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