Tamkeen launches supply chain certification

The US$1.9 million plan calls for training 200 Bahrainis in CIPS.
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Bahrain’s labour fund, Tamkeen, has launched a US$1.9 million plan to train 200 Bahrainis in supply chain management with international certification.

The project will be delivered by KPMG and its training partner BIRD and culminate in CIPS certification for 150 trainees while the other 50 will be awarded a KPMG-BIRD certificate in supply chain management (SCM).

The project, which will run over four years, is part of Tamkeen's efforts to identify skills gaps and provide training to enable Bahrainis to close these gaps by identifying new career opportunities.

Experts have predicted some 7,400 positions in the logistics sector will be created within Bahrain in the next four years.

"With the recent opening of the Khalifa Bin Salman Port and the kingdom's ambitious plans to develop its industrial and retail sectors, supply chain management will be the next big thing in careers," said Tamkeen human capital development senior manager Amal Kooheji.

"Our skills gaps survey pointed out that Bahrainis were unaware of the career potential of this line and its adoption by industry and youth has been low. This is what Tamkeen is seeking to redress with this course," he said.

CIPS certification training is being provided by four training institutes in Bahrain including BIRD, which has prior experience of running the CIPS certification training in the past.

"We aim to train and qualify the first batch of Bahraini job-seekers in an International Certificate in Supply Chain Management from Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, UK," KPMG consultant and SCM project manager Gopika Beri said.

"The programme is scheduled to begin at BIRD on August 15," she added.

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