Tamkeen, Bahrain’s labour fund, has announced the suspension of applications as of January 10, 2022, until the gradual relaunch of the updated version of its business development programme in February 2022.
Applications for other programmes including the training and employment support programmes will remain open, and customers may continue to apply as usual during this period, reported Bahrain News Agency (BNA).
Hussain Mohammed Rajab, Chief Executive of Tamkeen, confirmed that this is a step towards the launch of an enhanced and improved version of the business development programme, stating that: “Since inception, Tamkeen has always been vigilant in keeping pace with the economic changes as well as developments in the labour market, and continuously developing targeted support programmes and services to cater to the ever-changing requirements of the private sector.”
Rajab added: “We have witnessed significant changes in the market recently, and are determined to keep track of the long-term impact of these developments, in order to accordingly develop plans and programmes designed to empower the economic contribution of private enterprises in the kingdom of Bahrain. This is also aimed at supporting the transformation of their business models to prioritize productivity, growth, competitiveness and innovation.”
Moreover, Rajab highlighted Tamkeen’s collaboration with key players in the private sector from various economic sectors in addition to relevant partners and government entities in the development of these programmes, which was achieved through a series of consultative sessions that took place over the past period.
The key objective of these sessions was to ensure the inclusiveness and efficiency of the proposed support plans and their suitability for today’s market needs, and opportunities presented to market sectors, taking into consideration the priorities of the national economic recovery plan.
Furthermore, Tamkeen has recently announced plans for a comprehensive transformation of all its programmes and services with the ultimate aim of driving more impact towards performance, and productivity of private enterprises and increasing their participation in creating valuable job opportunities for Bahrainis, and empowering local talents to become the preferred choice for employment in the labour market.