The NVTC is partnering with ThinkSmart Development and Training to carry out the project, with 2,000 individuals set to be trained each year until 2027. Participants who complete the course will receive professional certification from Microsoft, which could help them secure jobs in the tech sector.
“This project is ambitious and exceptional. We will empower and educate 10,000 people in the language of the future”, said NVTC Dr Abdulla Al Noaimi. “Bahrainis from all walks of life, including school and university students, jobseekers or those currently in employment, can join the classes”.
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ThinkSmart CEO Ahmed Al Hujairi said the training would focus on building web and mobile applications. “With this training, some people who want to change their career direction will be empowered to do so”, he said. The training will also involve a team-building final project to build a computer programme using their new-found knowledge.
The project will offer a supply of skilled people to local companies who may no longer have to entice expatriate talent from overseas. A directory of those who complete the training will be made available to businesses highlighting their skillsets and availability for full-time or freelance opportunities.
“We need to be ready to meet the growing demand. We should also strive to achieve a balance between men and women in the coding workforce”, added Al Hujairi.