By Laura Barnes
Bahrain's Labour Fund signs deal with BIHM to train Bahraini nationals.
More than 1800 Bahraini nationals will be given the chance to train for a career in the hospitality industry thanks to a new contract.
The deal, which was formed between the Bahraini Labour Fund and Baisan Institute for Hospitality Management (BIHM), will offer a range of courses from entry level to managerial training, with the first batch of students starting courses from August this year.
"The Bahraini government will soon be starting a strong marketing campaign to promote jobs in tourism, so while they will do marketing at a macro level, our job is to market it on a micro level. It is a true public private partnership," commented Qutab Dadabhai, chairman of the board of directors, BIHM.
Already offering entry-level courses for the past seven years, BIHM will now be able to offer courses that are recognised by the Educational Institute of the American Hotel and Lodging Association. The licence holders for this accreditation in five countries across the Middle East, the diploma programme is taught in more than 1800 colleges worldwide.
"These programmes mean we can offer Bahraini nationals international accredited courses, but with an understanding of the local culture. Additionally, after doing their diploma they will be able to use this to continue with their bachelors degree, either here or abroad," added Dadabhai.
Offering spaces for 1500 students for its entry-level course, its diploma course will be open for 300 people, and around 70 positions are available for its bachelor programme.