Bahrain launches employee training program, and is picking up part of the tab too
Bahrain's labor fund Tamkeen offers training budget subsidies to employers to pay increase subsidies for employees who have participated in Tamkeen development trainings (Courtesy of Bahrain News Agency)
Bahrain’s labor fund Tamkeen has unveiled its enhanced career progression programme, offering more flexible options to employers.
The programme aims to help employers address performance gaps of their Bahraini employees by providing high-quality training opportunities to allow them to develop competencies related to their work.
It is designed based on detailed analysis conducted by a dedicated Tamkeen team in cooperation with the employers to identify performance gaps among their Bahraini employees by conducting Training Needs Analysis (TNA) and agreeing on a Personal Development Plan (PDP) for each employee.
Once the training programme is completed successfully, the benefiting employee will receive a subsidised salary increment by Tamkeen.
Previously, the programme offered only three options to employers to train their employees. However, with the enhanced career progression programme, employers will have access to 10 flexible options, with training budget subsidies ranging between BD800 ($2,110) and BD2,500 and pay increase subsidies ranging between BD20 and BD100, for each benefiting employee.
In addition, the salary increment subsidy period will now continue in full to a period of 18 months.
Tamkeen’s acting vice [resident for Human Capital Development Amal Al Kooheji, said: “The Career Progression Programme has been critical to the development of both employers and employees, as it provides a dual benefit to both entities, with the employee benefiting by improving their competencies, a wage increase and better career opportunities, while the employer can achieve higher employee retention rates by improving the skills of their employees resulting in better overall business performance to the company.
“With the new enhanced Career Progression Programme, employers will now be able to select the optimal option that matches their circumstances and needs.”
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