19 participants graduated from the hospitality training programme in a ceremony held at Sofitel Hotel. This is the third group to graduate from the programme, which was launched in May 2015 to provide trainees with the necessary skills to join the hospitality industry through practical on-site training in cooperation with three of Bahrain’s top hotels, Sofitel Bahrain, The Westin, and Le Meridien. The second batch, consisting of 25 trainees, graduated last week in a ceremony held at The Westin Hotel. A total of 75 Bahrainis signed up for the programme, the training and certification for which are provided by Third Wave International and the William Angliss Institute.
The integrated training course prepares participants to provide high quality and world-class services, with content including dealing with guests, customer care, operations and other important skills required by the hospitality sector in the fields of reception, dining, management and others.
Commenting on the graduation, Tamkeen’s Chief Operating Officer Mrs. Amal Al Kooheji said: “The hotel sector is one of the fastest growing sectors in the Kingdom, offering Bahrainis with many developmental opportunities. The first edition of our hospitality programme is a testament to this fact, with all 19 trainees getting careers in this industry, this year’s participants will be able to peruse through the specialised skills that they acquired during the programmme to develop themselves and advance their careers in the industry."
Sami Bukhalid, General Manager of Sofitel commented on Tamkeen's hospitality programme and said: “The availability of a professional local workforce that has the special skills needed to apply the high standards required by the five-star hotel segment is extremely important. We are pleased to be partners with Tamkeen in its hospitality training programme, which will provide us with graduates who will play an important role in maintaining and upgrading the high quality services offered by Sofitel."