Central Bank of Bahrain

The Central Bank of Bahrain CBB and The BIBF Celebrate the completion of the 2nd Annual Mentorship Programme

Manama, Bahrain – Wednesday, 17th May 2017- The Central Bank of Bahrain and the Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance BIBF celebrated the completion of the 2nd Annual Mentorship programme at the BIBF headquarters in Juffair.

The Mentorship Programme, organized by the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) in collaboration with the BIBF for the second consecutive year, designed and intended to reinforce the relations between academic institutions and the financial and banking sector.

The Mentorship programme aims to educate and inspire the participating undergraduate students from different universities around the kingdom who are on the verge of joining the workforce. The programme provide the participants with a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn first-hand from the experience of industry leaders, while exploring potential career paths in a vibrant, growing Financial industry.

The graduation ceremony was headed by the Executive Director - Corporate Services in the Central Bank of Bahrain Dr. Huda Hussain Al-Maskati and the BIBF Deputy Director Dr. Ahmed Al Shaikh along with all the mentors from the Banking sectors and the mentees who participated in the programme.

The graduation ceremony began with a speech delivered by Dr. Huda Hussain Al-Maskati, “We at the CBB would like to express our gratitude to all the Mentors who participated in this programme. Even with the demanding hours in the financial sector, the mentors have allocated time to provide the participants with a chance to learn more about the practical knowledge and share their success stories within the industry. We also would like to thank the participating students for their eagerness to learn and explore the options available within the financial sector by taking part in the designated workshops or seminars provided by in the programme. Dr. Huda also added, “The CBB has always put great importance and support initiatives that develop the human capital in the industry and as for the BIBF, the training arm of the financial industry in Bahrain continues to contribute to the development of the national human capital and enhances their competences in the financial sector.

From his side, The BIBF’s Deputy Director Dr. Ahmed Al Shaikh stated, “The BIBF have successfully conducted this programme for the 2nd year running. The Mentorship Programme is a first of its kind in the kingdom and The BIBF is the only institute offering such programme free of charge, in collaboration with the Central Bank of Bahrain. The success of the programme in its second edition assures the importance of mentoring and the youth desire to learn. The programme opens the communication channels for the exchange of knowledge and experience between current and aspiring industry professionals”.

Most significantly, 42 undergraduate students attended the program from various universities in the Kingdom. The students were be able to receive both academic and vocational training through a series of workshops covering different areas within the financial sector, including Banking, Islamic Finance, Insurance and Investments, as well as developing their analytical and communication skills.  The students also received mentoring sessions conducted on a one-to-one basis by the programme’s mentors; experienced financial and banking professionals to help them and support them explore possible professions in an exciting, growing financial industry.

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