$318.3mln Tamkeen support for employment of Bahrainis

Schemes will be enhanced to also include support for remote and part-time work

Man working from home. Image used for illustrative purpose.

Man working from home. Image used for illustrative purpose.

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Tamkeen has allocated a budget of BD120 million for the three years till 2023 to support the employment of Bahrainis, writes Avinash Saxena.

The organisation’s chairman Shaikh Mohammed bin Essa Al Khalifa told a Press conference last week that the amount is double of the budget for the past five years. There has also been an increase in the amount and duration of support for those registered with the Labour and Social Development Ministry and fresh graduates, he said.

Schemes will be enhanced to also include support for remote and part-time work, in light of the impact of the pandemic.

Labour and Social Development Minister and Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) chairman Jameel Humaidan said the measures are a part of the second edition of the National Employment Programme which aims to create jobs for 25,000 citizens this year and provide 10,000 Bahrainis with training opportunities, through three initiatives.

The first is reopening of Tamkeen’s wage and training support schemes for Bahrainis; secondly, all vacancies will be kept open for citizens for three weeks and thirdly, the authorities will tighten security measures to monitor and deport illegal workers.

Besides training and wage support, there will be a special scheme enabling fresh graduates to secure full or part-time jobs or internships in the private sector.

The fresh graduates’ scheme will be evaluated after six months to measure its effectiveness and consistency with Tamkeen’s strategy, said Tamkeen’s chief executive Dr Ebrahim Janahi.

Registration for the schemes opened last Sunday, whereas applications for the Enterprise Support Programme are scheduled to open next month.

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