New push to develop aviation professionals.
MANAMA: Gulf Air and Tamkeen have signed a co-operation agreement aimed at enhancing opportunities for the training and employment of Bahrainis within the aviation sector.
The agreement is tailored to Gulf Air's requirements and brings a value-added, unmatched training experience to the airline's aviation professionals.
The agreement was signed by Gulf Air chief executive Kresimir Kucko and Tamkeen chief executive Dr Ibrahim Janahi.
The signing ceremony took place at the airline's Muharraq headquarters in the presence of Gulf Air deputy chief executive Captain Waleed Al Alawi, chief operations officer Captain Suhail Abdulhameed and director human resources Nouf Al Sowaidi.
Praising the role played by Tamkeen, Mr Kucko said, "Tamkeen is a strategic partner in many important national development projects in the kingdom and has a long history of supporting Gulf Air's many training and employment programmes.
"As the national carrier, one of Gulf Air's long-term goals is to help enhance the aviation skills and experience of Bahrainis.
"Accordingly, we are pleased to collaborate with Tamkeen yet again to support the strengthening of the kingdom's people development and further affirm our commitment to developing a national workforce of aviation professionals."
Capt Al Alawi said the programme's establishment comes at an opportune time with the initiation of Gulf Air's strategic growth plans.
"Eight new destinations will be added to our network in 2018. Gulf Air will be welcoming 39 new Boeing and Airbus aircraft into our fleet, of which five Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and two Airbus A320neo aircraft will enter into service before the end of the year," he added.
"One of Gulf Air's goals is to increase nationalisation of our staff, thereby building a skilled Bahraini aviation workforce."
Alongside this, key projects such as Bahrain International Airport's modernisation programme are promising in their contribution to positioning Bahrain as a key air transport hub globally with a world-class standard aviation infrastructure.
A home-grown Bahraini workforce of aviation professionals is critical to realising the sector's fullest potential.
In 2010, Gulf Air became the first airline in the GCC to launch a joint initiative with Tamkeen to encourage more Bahrainis to join the national carrier in key customer-facing positions such as flight crew.
Gulf Air's Bahrainisation level currently leads the way amongst regional airlines in terms of nationalisation.
The airline continues to actively work to develop the skills of young Bahraini aviation professionals in the kingdom further reinforcing its commitment to the local community.
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