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Tamkeen pledges to provide cybersecurity training to Bahrainis

Bahrain Labor Fund (Tamkeen) said it has entered into a strategic partnership agreement with SANS Institute, a world-renowned US-based cybersecurity training provider, to provide quality training to hundreds of Bahrainis starting with 200 graduates over the next two years. .

SANS Institute aims to equip cybersecurity professionals with the practical skills and knowledge they need to make the world a safer place.

Their courses are aimed at all information security professionals, regardless of experience level, and provide a hands-on approach that equips professionals with skills and knowledge they can apply immediately in their professional life.

Tamkeen said the move is in line with its strategic direction and responds to market needs that demand high-quality and specialized technology training opportunities for Bahrainis, as well as the pressing need for skilled cybersecurity professionals.

These opportunities will help Bahrainis upskill and retrain to fill this gap and establish sustainable career paths in the tech sector, he said.

Tamkeen CEO Husain Mohamed Rajab said: “Through our 2021-2025 strategy, we are committed to having a greater impact on the economy. Tamkeen is playing a vital role in the government-led economic recovery plan. through our support for all sectors while also focusing on incentivizing high-potential sectors and organizing programs and initiatives that promote their growth and development.”

“Additionally, we are constantly working with our partners to achieve our goal of making Bahrainis the preferred choice for employment in the private sector,” Rajab remarked.

“We are identifying prestigious training and education providers to give Bahrainis the tools they need to thrive and succeed in a rapidly changing market, thereby enhancing their competitiveness both locally and internationally. We welcome this strategic collaboration with SANS Institute, one of the world’s leading cybersecurity training providers,” he added.

SANS Institute employs instructors who are experienced practitioners and leaders in their field so they can bring their expertise and practical knowledge to students, providing a high quality and engaging educational experience. They work to ensure that everyone who completes training with SANS will be able to immediately apply the skills they have learned on their first day on the job.

Commenting on the combination, James Lyne, Chief Technology Officer of the SANS Institute, said the collaboration with Tamkeen was a welcome move and aimed to provide cutting-edge specialist programs that empower cybersecurity practitioners around the world to gain useful knowledge and skills.

“We welcome Tamkeen’s partnership and efforts to advance the skills of Bahraini talent in cybersecurity, which aligns with the current strategic direction of growth and impact and contributes to the implementation Bahrain’s economic recovery plan which aims to position the kingdom as a regional hub of technology and innovation.”

“We look forward to combining our expertise with the support of Tamkeen to help high caliber and committed Bahrainis improve their skills and advance their careers,” he said.

Lyne pointed out that there is a gap in the market for cybersecurity professionals in Bahrain, which makes it a high-demand career option in several sectors such as financial services, ICT and manufacturing.

“The importance of cybersecurity roles lies in safeguarding and protecting data, preventing online attacks, and ensuring that information and data are not compromised in any way. These benefits are of great value for organizations and governments, resulting in an increased demand for specialists in the Cybersecurity field offers varied career paths and significant opportunities for professional growth and development, providing Bahrainis looking to specialize in this area a competitive advantage both locally and internationally,” he added.

Tamkeen has called on Bahraini individuals and companies interested in participating in SANS programs to apply directly through its Train Me, Train & Grow and Train & Place programs.

Earlier this year, the kingdom’s labor fund embarked on a transformation process to focus its efforts on increasing economic impact by improving productivity and encouraging employment and investment, particularly in sectors with high potential, in accordance with national priorities.

This transformation has resulted in 16 support programs designed to meet market needs and enable businesses and individuals to reach their highest potential, he added.

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