Focus on THE KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN
Empowering local talent
The Tahleeq and Ajwaa training and development programs
are placing citizens at the heart of Bahrain’s development.
The Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) is committed
to building the skills of Bahraini citizens
and helping them to reach their full potential.
Currently, an impressive 80 percent of BAC’s
employees are drawn from the local population
and the goal is to increase that to 90 percent by
2021. But operating its new, state-of-the-art passenger
terminal building will require expertise in
specialized aviation fi elds. “Since 2010, we have
invested heavily in developing our human talent
— it is one of our big success stories,” said
BAC Chief Executive Offi cer Mohamed Yousif
Al Binfalah. At the center of this success is the
Tahleeq program, a milestone training and
development initiative aimed at shaping the
future leaders of Bahrain’s aviation industry.
Launched in 2014, the four-year plan equips
participants with advanced skillsets required
as part of Bahrain’s Airport Modernization
Program through both theoretical and practical
training, and mentoring from international specialists.
“We have recruited at least 80 Bahraini
graduates through this program,” he noted.
In addition, the Ajwaa program, which is run
in partnership with U.K.-based air-traffi c management
company Serco IAL, is realizing the
potential of tomorrow’s air-traffi c professionals.
BAC’s investment in Bahraini skills goes
much further than these two programs, however.
In collaboration with international experts
like Germany’s Fraport AG Frankfurt Airport
Services Worldwide, all of BAC’s and its stakeholders’
employees are receiving comprehensive
training to familiarize them with the
passenger terminal’s new systems ahead of its
“We will continue to invest in local talent to
develop the kingdom’s next generation of aviation
leaders and we believe the sector as a
whole will benefi t from our investment,” said