Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) honoured the second batch of ‘Training for Bahrain’ graduates during a ceremony that was held at the Alba Sports Club in Riffa. The ceremony was attended by Shaikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa, Minister of Oil & Chairman of Alba, Dr Majeed Al Alawi, the Minister of Labour & Social Affairs, as well as other senior officials from the Ministry of Labour & Social Affairs.
Other attendees at the event included the Alba management team, representatives from Bechtel, the Line 5 contractors, the graduates and their families. During the ceremony, 134 graduates were awarded with certificates for the successful completion of their training programme.
The ‘Training for Bahrain’ programme is an initiative jointly organised by Alba, the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, Bechtel and the contractors involved in the Line 5 Project. Dubbed ‘Training for Bahrain”, this initiative is the first of its kind to be introduced in the Kingdom and aims to facilitate the employment of unskilled and unemployed Bahrainis by creating a pool of qualified workers for the local construction industry.
On his part, Shaikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa congratulated the graduates for their achievements and conveyed his appreciation to the Ministry of Labour & Social Affairs, Alba, Bechtel and the Line 5 contractors for their hard work in ensuring that this program becomes a success.
“I am very proud to see that our local workforce has shown such great interest in the Training for Bahrain scheme and that they have successfully completed their training. I would also like to convey my warmest appreciation to the Ministry of Labour & Social Affairs, Alba, Bechtel and the Line 5 contractors for their contribution and the efforts they have exerted in ensuring the success of the Training for Bahrain program.”
As part of this scheme, Bahrainis are trained for periods of between three to six months in various construction crafts, involving theoretical, practical and on-the-job training at the actual Line 5 construction site and within the work-premises of the contractors. Under this scheme, trainees are paid a monthly allowance during their training stint and the successful graduates are provided with employment opportunities by the contractors undertaking the construction of Line 5 upon the completion of their training period.
According to Dr. Majeed Al Alawi, Minister of Labor & Social Affairs, “Training for Bahrain is an innovative venture both for Alba as well as the Kingdom of Bahrain and we are extremely proud to see that the program has witnessed a significant increase in the number of participants since its introduction. We are therefore confident that this initiative will be a success and will inevitably benefit our local workforce through the creation of increased employment opportunities.”
With 2,600 Bahraini workers and an award winning 87% Bahrainisation rate, Alba’s long-term commitment to developing the skills and facilitating the employment of the local workforce has always been an integral part of its overall philosophy. With the Line 5 Project, Alba has aimed to further contribute towards the development of the kingdom from a social as well as an economic perspective. (menareport.com)
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