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20 April 2019

Bahrain Airport Company Bahrainisation rate to reach 90% by 2021, Minister of Transportation pledges

His Excellency the Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications and Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) Chairman Eng. Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed revealed plans to increase BAC’s Bahrainisation rate to more than 90% by 2021. BAC put in place further training and development plans at the beginning of this year to steadily increase the number of Bahrainis within its ranks until the company reaches this target. The recruitment of Bahraini professionals and their training and development have been essential parts of BAC’s growth strategy since 2010, allowing it to achieve an impressive 80% Bahrainisation rate to date.

HE the Minister said: “Undertaken in cooperation with the Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications (MTT), the Airport Modernisation Programme is a massive construction and technical challenge for BAC, especially while having to operate the existing airport at the same time. Implementing the new Passenger Terminal Building’s advanced technologies, including its state-of-the-art IT and baggage handling systems, requires expertise not presently available in the local market. As such, we have enlisted the help of specialists with advanced skillsets to temporarily fill the required positions for the duration of the rollout, which is expected to be completed in 2020. A strategic plan has been put in place to prepare Bahrainis for these specialised roles and provide them with the skills and knowledge they need to eventually take them over.”

HE the Minister added that BAC continues its approach to Bahrainisation through strategic initiatives that have helped create an attractive work environment across the company’s departments, and which have resulted in the recruitment of 137 Bahraini men and women over the last several years. The most important of these was the Tahleeq programme, launched in association with Tamkeen and MTT, which has seen 80 Bahrainis, specialised in a range of disciplines, working on the AMP under the supervision of a group of senior experts, technicians, engineers, and architects. Other initiatives include the establishment of a new Baggage Handling Services department and an increase in the number of Bahrainis working in IT functions, both of which have had a significant impact on the recruitment of locals. At the same time, a range of aviation-related international training programmes have been brought to the country, helping to further refine the expertise and skills of Bahrainis and prepare them for leadership positions. With the support of Tamkeen, around half a million Bahraini dinars has been invested in these training programmes and certifications, allowing more than 800 training spots.