Training & Manpower Development


The Training and Manpower Development Department was established under the Royal Decree No. 65 of 2015 to reorganize the Ministry of Labour and Social Development. Taking into account the restructuring of the administration and the creation of new sections, it has not stopped giving it, rather, through its vision and mission, it was keen to promote the training process and advance human resources as a fundamental pillar and to enhance and develop the capabilities of national cadres. Provided that to be qualified cadres capable of competitiveness and sustainability and make the Bahraini citizen is the best option, by supporting these cadres and qualifying them to upgrade in the professional field, while ensuring the activation and implementation of policies and decisions on training, in accordance with the actual requirements and needs of the Labour market, in cooperation with the Labour Fund (Tamkeen), in addition to the development of infrastructure projects for vocational and technical training in the Kingdom of Bahrain.


The following summarizes the most important tasks and responsibilities of the departments:

- Sections of the current administration

- Job-seeker Training Department

- Evaluation of Training Programs in Institutions Department

- Training Programs Planning Section

-  Financial Services Section



Job-seeker Training Department:


The department seeks to train or rehabilitate job-seekers and registered in the Ministry of high school and university graduates as well as dropouts from education of both sexes and from various scientific and academic disciplines, to meet the needs of the Labour market of qualified and trained manpower,in order to replace the expatriate Labour force in various disciplines and the crafts, technical and supervisory levels through the implementation of different projects and training programs. On the basis of the sense of the patriotism and the importance of community partnership, the Ministry of Labour and Social Development, in cooperation with the Labour Fund (Tamkeen), has initiated a new mechanism to integrate a number of job seekers into the training programs listed in Tamkeen, which are licensed by the Ministry of Training Institutes Affairs.


Admission requirements for registration in the training programs:


To accept enrolment in any of the training programs implemented by the Ministry in cooperation with the Labour Fund (Tamkeen), therefore, a certain conditions are determined according to each training program and the qualifications of the job-seeker, but there are common requirements for all training programs, including: 


  1. The applicant must be a Bahraini national.
  2. It must be registered in one of the employment centers in the governorates or the employment services office in the Ministry as a job-seeker.
  3. The applicant must not be under 16 years of age.
  4. The file shall not be closed due to employment in the Employment Services Office.
  5. The applicant must have the required qualification specified for this program.
  6. The applicant must pass the entrance examination and interview at the contracted institute to implement the said program.

Documents required for registration in training programs:


In order to register a job-seeker in the programs offered for registration, it must submit the official documents certified by the concerned authorities, including:

1.Copy of the last academic qualification obtained by the applicant (certificate / academic degree).

2.Copy of smart card.

3.Any other documents required by the applicant as per the program requirements.


Levels of training programs:


·Secondary certificate and below.

·National Diploma Certificate or what's equivalent to it.

·Bachelor's degree.



Profissional Programs link

Primary Programs link


Types of Training Programs:


1.     Basic Skills Training Programs:


This training program is designed for the purpose of strengthening some basic skills, namely English, computer, mathematics and some professional certificates such as accounting, to give the job-seeker the basic knowledge. Which will enable it to meet the employment and the working life requirements, in terms of dealing, acting and professional behavior correct, within the organization and to increase employment opportunities for it:


-The program also aims to bridge the gap between the level of candidates in terms of knowledge, skill, professional behaviour and level required to qualify for professional training.


2.     Professional Training Programs:

Professional programs aim to rehabilitate job-seekers who are difficult to recruit or do not have employment opportunities in the same fields of specialization. Since this difficult task requires the change of disciplines of university graduates and rehabilitation in specializations required in the Labour market, this ensures that they are easily integrated into jobs that ensure a decent living.


These programs also aim to equip job seekers with the professional skills necessary to perform their practical jobs at the required level. The professional programs have been emphasized; these have connections with international certification bodies, in order to ensure its acceptance in the Labour market and in line with the job description of the vacancies currently available in the database of the Ministry by the institutions and companies cooperating with them and for expected future jobs.


Standards of training institutions:


1.The training institution must be licensed by the Ministry of Training Institutes Affairs.

2.The institution must be officially registered with the Labour Fund (Tamkeen).


Criteria for Training Programs:


  • The training program shall be accredited by the Ministry of Training Institutes Affairs and the Labour Fund (Tamkeen) system.
  • The training program aims to provide the trainee with new skills required by the need of the job or the Labour market.


Conditions for enrolment in training programs:


  • Compliance with the regulations, issued by the Ministry and the Labour Fund (Tamkeen) regarding this program.
  • Commitment to attend the scheduled training hours, and provide examinations and perform the mandates and assignments required.
  • Compliance with the regulations of the qualifying donor.
  • The Ministry of Labour and the Labour Fund (Tamkeen) have the right to contact directly with the training provider for any data or information related to the trainee.
  •  The Labour Fund (Tamkeen) shall have the right to ask the trainee to pay the value of the training, if it does not meet the requirements of obtaining the successfully supported qualification, unless the Fund decides otherwise.
  • The trainee may not benefit from another program until after successfully passing the first program.

Criteria for selecting a job-seeker for the program and training institution:


1.Appropriateness training program times with the job seeker.

2. Appropriateness of the duration of the training program with a job-seeker.

3.Appropriateness of the training institution from the housing researcher for work.

4.Appropriateness of training programs with a qualified job seeker.


Financial compliance standards of Job Seeker:


  1. The Labour Fund (Tamkeen) covers all training program costs.
  2.  The Labour Fund (Tamkeen) will pay for cost of the international examinations, if any, only once.
  3. The trainee shall pay the costs of international examinations, in case of failure to obtain the qualification supported by the first exam unless the Fund decides otherwise.
  4. The Labour Fund (Tamkeen) has the right to suspend or recover all support costs of the training program, if the trainee has any fraudulent behaviour to obtain support.
  5. The trainee shall pay all amounts spent by the Fund for obtaining the subsidized qualification, in the event that it withdraws from the training program without an acceptable excuse, except for death before obtaining the supported qualification, unless the Fund / Ministry decides to exempt it from that.




Declaration form to accept electronic service

 Application form for training programs  





Evaluation of training programs in institutions:


Training with Employment Guarantee:


It is a program to employ a group of job-seekers in the private sector institutions through training institutes and centers after training them and acquire several skills within different disciplines, these institutes and training centers include them in training programs that include theoretical and practical aspects and on-the-job training in some programs, so that the job seeker who was hired to obtain a professional or professional certificate.


Enrolment requirements in the program:

  1. The applicant must be a Bahraini national.
  2. The applicant must be of a good conduct.
  3. The applicant must pass the entrance examination and interview in the contracted training institution to implement the said program.
  4. It must be registered in one of the employment centers in the governorates or the employment services office in the Ministry as a job seeker.
  5. The applicant must not be at least 16 years old.
  6. The applicant must have the required qualification specified for this program.
  7.  It must be selected by the employer if necessary.



Registration form for the apprenticeship (student) program for institutions

Application form for the apprenticeship (apprenticeship) program for job seekers



Training Programs Planning Section:


The Training Programs of the planning department is concerned with preparing studies, plans and training projects for job-seekers, in accordance with the needs of the labour market, it shall provide the relevant authorities with statistics and information.


It will also have a role, in coordination with the Job Seekers Training Section, to make recommendations to the Labour Fund (Tamkeen) for the training programs to be added to Tamkeen, to meet the need of the labour market in various disciplines.


National Committee for Vocational Guidance:


This committee shall be responsible for the national plan for vocational guidance. This plan shall be submitted to the Council of Ministers for approval. A decision of the Minister shall be issued to form the committee and determine its functions and how it works upon the minister's decisions.


The Training Programs Planning Section serves as the Executive Secretariat of the Committee and performs many tasks and follow-up on the Committee's matters, including but not limited to (Follow-up to the minutes of the meeting and its decisions),therefore, the meetings of the National Committee for Vocational Guidance are organized and coordinatedunder the chairmanship of the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Labour, the membership of representatives of the three production parties (government, employers, workers).




Registration form on-the-job training (opportunities) for institutions

Registration form on-the-job training (opportunities) for job seekers




Functions of the National Committee for Guidance:


The committee shall develop the strategies and policies related to the development of the national plan for vocational guidance, supervise its implementation plans and follow up their implementation after being approved by the Council of Ministers.

1.Propose policies to promote vocational guidance programs and connect them to education and training policies and Labour market needs.

2.Preparing research and studies and organizing conferences, seminars and workshops related to vocational guidance.

3.Establishing mechanisms to implement the national plan for vocational guidance, including media events.

4.Supervising the preparation and dissemination of information related to vocational guidance.

5.Coordinate between ministries and relevant authorities on the implementation of vocational guidance programs.

6.Supervising the conduct of the studies to identify means of identifying physical and psychological preparations and abilities to ensure proper orientation of trainees and job seekers to the fields of training and work.

7.Study the issues referred to it by the Ministry of Labour and Social Development or any other related parties and express their opinion thereon. 


Financial Services Section:


The Financial Services Section is working on updating and issuing professional standards for new jobs in the Labour market, as an extension of the basic project which was completed during the years 2013-2014, where 125 professional standards were issued.


Future Projects of the Department:-


1. Apprenticeship:

The apprenticeship system is defined as a system that combines the learner's receipt of theoretical information and practical applications in training/ educational institutions, and practical and field training in the workplace (on-the-job training), which intensively providing the pupil / trainee with the opportunity to acquire information and skills on the one hand, and work ethics on the other. they have experience in a particular profession based on a tripartite training contract signed between the trainee, the Ministry and the employer, where the employer is responsible for training the pupil / trainee and gaining the necessary experience and granting it a job opportunity after graduation, in order to master the basic professional competencies required in the Labour market, and gives them the competitiveness that enables them to join the Labour market after the completion of the program.


It is also an infrastructure project for the vocational training system, in cooperation with the Labour Fund (Tamkeen) and a number of partners (Office of the First Deputy Prime Minister).


2.     Professional levels and qualifications:


It is a tool for determining the professional level of a specific category that possesses the knowledge, skills and competencies required in a particular occupation, according to a set of (Occupational Level Descriptors).

The individual is granted a professional level certificate after passing the professional exam after completing the training program approved by the donor (Ministry of Labour and Social Development) for the professional level certificates (professional qualifications), this project is aimed at highlighting the vocational careers and encouraging the Bahraini youth.


It is also an infrastructure project for the vocational training system, in cooperation with the Labour Fund (Tamkeen) and a number of partners (Office of the First Deputy Prime Minister).


3.     Qualifying new employees:


It is a program that provides support for employers to train new employees, who work for them within a period not exceeding two years from the date of employment, and support for all categories through training programs offered by the Labour Fund (Tamkeen), or to be designed according to the need of the institution, where is selected a training programs after the analysis process carried out by specialists in the Department of Training and Manpower Development.


4.     National Professional Standards:


The National Occupational Standards Project aims to establish a set of national occupational standards, which covers eleven professional sectors of the Labour market, namely air conditioning and refrigeration, Automotive Engineering Sector, Civil Engineering Sector, Electrical and Electronic Engineering Sector, Administrative and banking sector, Hospitality and Tourism Sector, Health & Beauty, Computer & Communications, Mechanical Engineering, Retail sector, Industry sector.


125 national vocational standards have been finalized in cooperation with the German International Cooperation (GIZ), and through the Labour market which identifies the knowledge, skills and competencies necessary to perform a task, function or series of tasks and performance required at the technical level of a particular job in the Labour market.


The project also aims to market professional standards through a range of activities targeting each sector; this is through activities focusing on institutions and private sector companies.