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National Bank of Oman (NBO), in keeping with its commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR), has signed an agreement with Bahwan Cybertek to support the training of 15 Omani job seekers.
A formal ceremony, to mark the successful close of the arrangement, was held recently at the bank’s Head Office premises. The contract was signed by Sayyidah Rawan bint Ahmed al Said, NBO’s Board Member and Hind Suhail Bahwan, Chairperson, Bahwan CyberTek Group.
As per the Contract, the “Currency Exchange Training Programme” will be for a period of seven months commencing September 2012.
The understanding between NBO and Bahwan Cybertek focuses on the development of Omani job seekers, who are currently unemployed and are not registered with PASI. However, they have been tested, interviewed and selected by a panel consisting of representatives from Bahwan Cybertek, Ministry of Manpower and prospective future employers.
In addition, the understanding includes an agreement for the training courses, candidate selection process, tuition, monitoring and other related activities conducted in accordance with the programme approved by both NBO and Bahwan Cybertek LLC and the Ministry of Manpower.
Speaking on the occasion Sayyidah Rawan said: "We are pleased to build a solid relationship with Bahwan Cybertek Training Division, in order to work together and meet the growing demand of jobseekers in the market. Our collective goal is to give Omanis the skill sets required to persevere within the financial sector".
Hind Suhail Bahwan added: “We are indeed very grateful to NBO for providing sponsorship and financial support for our training programme, and collaborating with Bahwan CyberTek to raise the skills and qualifications of young nationals who are guaranteed employment after the training programme (‘Training coupled with Employment’)”.
“We will continue in this endeavour to train more Omanis in collaboration with NBO, at our Bahwan International Institute of Technology, to provide more gainful jobs for those still searching”, Hind Bahwan further added.
Bahwan CyberTek has already successfully generated employment opportunities for 3,200 Omanis currently employed in various companies in the public and private sector, and trained at its training centre.
“As a responsible bank, we choose to take concrete steps to align the education and training systems with the labour market needs so our youth can contribute towards Oman's socio-economic advancement. Addressing youth issues and concerns have been a priority for me since joining NBO’s Board,” commented Mohammed al Ardhi, NBO’s Deputy Chairman.