In line with the Kingdom of Bahrain's continuous efforts in implementing e-Initiatives, as well various governmental organisations' urgent need for qualified e-Content Administrator employees, the eGovernment Authority and Tamkeen are launching a custom designed graduate programme in the e-Content field, aiming at bridging the electronic divide, and translate the communications into e-Content.
This initiative comes shortly after the Civil Service Bureau (CSB) announcement for posting the eContent Administrative position in the ministries and governmental entities, in accordance with the Supreme Committee for Information and Communication Technology, headed by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, Deputy Prime Minister, to establish the eContent Administrative position, aiming at raising the level of econtent in terms of the quality, the quantity and the accuracy of the information provided, in accordance with the United Nations and the international standards in the eContent field.
This is a certificate-based qualification which will be delivered by the Bahrain Polytechnic, with an overall cost of BD156,500. The registration will be open until the 30th of June, 2011.
The programme is aimed at building the skills of Bahrainis who hold a B.Sc. degree in Media or Mass Communications, or B.A. in English Language. The first batch is expected to begin on September 2011 and continue for 10 months. Selected candidates will acquire the necessary competencies to create and maintain website content in Arabic and English, manage IT projects and e-Marketing campaigns.
Candidates will receive a professional certificate in e-Content management which covers a combination of theory followed by on-the-job training in public or private sectors' workplaces.
"The agreement is a translation to the e-Government initiatives which is part of its strategy, to enhance the government processes in the Kingdom of Bahrain and support e-Transformation, which will result in a better quality of government services provided to the citizens" Mr. Mohammed Ali Al Qaed, CEO of the eGovernment Authority stated. He also extended his appreciation to all parties that worked and designed in launching the programme.
Dr. Ahmed Abdul Ghani Al Shaikh, Tamkeen's Vice President for Enterprise and Human Capital Development, said, "This skills gap was identified and Tamkeen has shown its flexibility by supporting the implementation of the programme. It is a sign of how swiftly the Bahraini society is moving towards a knowledge-based framework and we are sure that in the months ahead, we shall be looking to create similar programmes to answer new career calls."
The programme will consist of 4 months of classroom training followed by up to 6 months of on-the-job training. The professional certificate is at level 7 of the Bahrain Qualifications Framework and successful candidates can expect a minimum basic salary in the government sector with a chance of increase after one year, while in the private sector it has a minimum basic salary where Tamkeen will subsidise 50% of this wage for the first 6 months of employment.
Employees with previous experience usually get 1-3 steps or 1 grade higher based on the Civil Service Bureau's Recruitment and Training Directorate assessment. However, the e-Content Administrator target grade is E-1, which has a minimum basic.