Bahraini workforce to benefit from English language training

Bell’s newest centre, Bell Bahrain, has been approved as a training centre to deliver English language training to Bahraini employees as part of the Bahraini Government’s Career Progression Programme (CPP).

The Bell Bahrain training centre, which is owned and managed by The Expert Group, one of the Bell Educational Trust’s partners in the Gulf, is located in the new business district of the capital – Manama. It opened its doors this week to 70 students, all of which are benefiting from the Career Progression Programme (CPP). The programme is designed to improve the skills of the Bahraini workforce who are in lower income jobs such as retail, manufacturing and transport.

Sami Adnan Sulaiman, Bell Bahrain’s Centre Manager talks about the school’s involvement in the project: “We are one of only four providers of English language training for Tamkeen's CPP Project. We offer classes throughout the day enabling students to structure their learning around their jobs. The Career Progression Programme is a long term programme and in that time we aim to develop the English language skills of a number of students. One of the students who started this week is Asma Ali, who works as a Family and Health Care Co-ordinator for a large international company. She uses English every day in her work and wants to improve her speaking and writing skills."

Mike Foster, Commercial Director of the Bell Educational Trust commented: “We are delighted to be involved in this project which will make a difference to the lives of many Bahrainis. Improving their English language skills will give them greater career opportunities in a competitive market place. Our partnership with the Expert Group means that students will have access to the latest and most appropriate English language teaching materials and qualified teachers, many with experience of working at other high-quality international Bell centres. ”

On completion of the CPP training programme, students will be entitled to a salary increase of a minimum of BD50.

Bell Bahrain also offers General English open enrolment programmes.


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Notes to Editors

About Bell

Bell is a leading educational charity and one of the largest British-owned providers of English language education services. Each year, Bell helps over 100,000 students, from more than 120 countries through one of its 37 worldwide teaching centres and e-channels, primarily to learn English and other languages. Bell operates 9 centres in the UK, including a boarding school for international students.

The organisation also provides teacher training, educational management, consultancy and project services to international organisations, universities and governments.

About the Expert Group

Bell Bahrain is managed by The Expert Group, one of the Bell Educational Trust’s partners in the Gulf who also manage Bell Doha in Qatar. The Expert Group was established in 2003 to provide internationally accredited professional training courses to the oil and gas industry in the Gulf countries.

About the Career Progression Programme

The programme has been created and sponsored by Tamkeen and is managed by BDO Jawad Habib Consulting, and Tamkeen's Chief Executive, Mr Abdulellah Ebrahim Al-Qasimi. In addition to English language training, it seeks to train thousands of  Bahrainis  in a variety of different areas such as customer service, team work and communication. The programme aims to improve the skills of the country’s workforce to give Bahraini employees in the private sector more career opportunities.


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