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Study highlights Alba safety focus.

Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) remains firmly committed towards strengthening safety practices and implementing recommendations that will greatly reduce or even eliminate accidents at the plant according to a safety survey that formed a key component of a research paper by one of Alba's employees. Safety superintendent Mahmood A Aziz's research on "Safety climate -- exploring perceptions of safety management for an aluminium organisation of Bahrain" was part of his requirement in securing an MSc in occupational and environmental health and safety management from the School of Environmental Design and Management (distance learning), University of Portsmouth. Congratulating Aziz on his master's degree and commending him on his research project, Alba chief executive Laurent Schmitt said: "We encourage our employees to pursue higher studies and develop specialisations in their area of work. We believe this will help in creating a knowledgeable workforce that can greatly contribute to the success of the company and in ensuring that Alba continues to remain one of the leading aluminium smelters in the world. I'd like to congratulate Mahmood Aziz on his achievement, and praise the hard work and dedication that has gone into his research." Aziz undertook a safety survey that involved non-management staff to learn about their perceptions on safety at the work place. The results indicated a highly positive employee perception towards safety management and that throughout the company there exists an upbeat safety climate

New recruits join up Meanwhile, Alba's position as one of the pillars of Bahrain's economy and a key supporter of the kingdom's Bahrainisation efforts received an impetus when more than 30 new Bahraini nationals were recently appointed to various departments in the company. The newly appointed workers who were all recent graduates from educational establishments in Bahrain have joined as operators in the carbon, reduction and workshop & metal service departments. Commenting on their appointment, Schmitt said: "The past 40 years have given Alba the opportunity and privilege to share in Bahrain's development and prosperity. As one of the first industrial diversification initiatives in the country and the region, the company succeeded in introducing a new economic segment that today contributes 12 per cent of Bahrain's GDP. Alba's employees have played a prominent role in the company's success story and am proud to say that Bahraini nationals who comprise a majority of the workforce have greatly helped in Alba's transformation into one of the world's leading and globally competitive aluminium smelters. "As I welcome the new batch of Bahraini employees to Alba, I am confident that their performance will provide a strong foundation for actualising some of the ambitious goals we have for the future. I'd like to wish them success in their jobs and their careers as well as give them assurance of our support for their professional growth." Alba has nearly 3,000 employees, and Bahraini nationals comprise 87 per cent of the workforce. The company supports staff training and development and has a dedicated training centre to empower them with skills and knowledge. A large number of Bahraini employees have benefited from this facility that has given them the means and the ability to face challenges and adopt a solution-oriented approach.

Vocational trainees In other developments of recent weeks, Alba took measures to recruit 60 vocational trainees in association with Tamkeen. Tamkeen is a semi-autonomous yet independent authority responsible for formulating strategic and operational plans to enhance the overall prosperity of Bahrain. This it does by investing in Bahraini employability, job creation and social support. The vocational training programme that Alba is offering in association with Tamkeen is a two-year programme designed to give eligible candidates hands-on training in maintenance, power operation and smelter operation and various other aspects of engineering relevant to Alba's operations. On successful completion of the programme, the candidates will have the choice of opting for a relevant position within Alba.

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