Basic Skills

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Basic Skills are essential for any Jobseeker looking to enter into the job market, individuals are expected to have these skills to improve their chances of employment. The Basic Skills Certification Scheme provides Jobseekers with financial support to take training courses in the basic skills required to increase their employability.

Courses supported in this scheme, fall under these categories:

1. English Language: enhancing the ability to communicate in writing and verbally. These are internationally accredited certificates.
2. Numeracy Skills: understanding and using numbers, basic graphical information and diagrams
3. Computer Use: developing the skills to understand and use software. These are internationally accredited certificates.
4. Professional Certification QCF Level 1-3: The professional qualification has to be internationally accredited certificates from a professional specialized awarding body.

Each course has its own support cap as well as payment structure. Jobseekers can enroll in a training course for a basic skills course with one of the approved Training Service Provider and apply for the scheme.

Eligibility Criteria:

Any Bahraini Jobseeker, 16 years or older is eligible for the scheme, they must not be enrolled in any form of formal education or any other Tamkeen program.

Steps to Apply:

1. Create an Individual Account for yourself by registering through Tamkeen’s portal and activate it by visiting any of our branches.
2. Select the required certification and your preferred Training Provider.
3. Apply to enroll in the Training Service Provider and obtain the required documents.
4. The Training Service Provider may request full or partial payment of the course fees depending on the payment structure.
5. Fill in and submit your online application form.
6. Tamkeen will review your application and you will receive the decision within 5 working days.
7. If your application is approved, you may proceed with completing the training course
8. Once you complete the course and/or attain the certification, you (or the Training Provider) will be eligible to request a reimbursement from Tamkeen.
9. You must submit your payment request through the online portal.

Documents Required::

1. A copy of the ID/Smartcard
2. Copy of highest educational qualification
3. Acceptance letter from Training Provider
4. Full fees invoice/receipt from Training Provider
5. Acceptance letter from Awarding Body or placement test result




1. The Applicant shall abide by the policies and directives of the certification program and decisions issued by Tamkeen
2. The Applicant is yet to attend the final examination/assessment for the selected certificate
3. The Applicant is not enrolled in a formal educational program at the time of registration
4. The Applicant is not registered in any of Tamkeen’s certification programs
5. The Applicant is committed to regularly attend the course sessions set, sit the exams, submit assignments and homework as well as abide by the policies and regulations of the Certification body.
6. The Applicant is committed to comply with the rules and regulations of the Institute, and the instructions and directions issued by the Institute or Tamkeen with regards to the certification program.
7. The Applicant is committed to pay any expenses that are not covered under Tamkeen’s support but required to receive the certification.
8. The Applicant is committed to provide Tamkeen with any personal data or information related to the program as well as his/her training performance as may be required by Tamkeen.
9. The Applicant is committed to notify Tamkeen of any job he/she may join during the certification course.
10. The Applicant acknowledges that he/she is eligible to apply for only one certification course at a time. He/she must successfully complete one before applying for the other.
11. The Applicant acknowledges that he/she is not eligible to apply for a certification course which he/she have sat an exam for, such applications will be disapproved.
12. In the case the Applicant violates any of the obligations indicated above and as stated in the Standard Contract, Tamkeen has the right to prevent the Applicant from benefiting from its programs and shall take the necessary actions, without prejudice to Tamkeen’s right to claim refund of any payments made towards my course if it is convinced that the amounts were claimed in a fraudulent way and/or manipulation.
13. Tamkeen has the right to cancel the beneficiary application on a registered course/certificate if, within three (3) months of the examination date, the beneficiary failed to update/modify the information.
1.What is Basic Skills Training Scheme?
2.Who is eligible to apply?
3.Can all employed individuals apply?
4.How do I apply?
5.What basic skills courses can I apply for?
6.How and when will payments / reimbursements be made?
7.Can an individual make a payment request?
8.Where can I study for the basic skills courses?
9.How will I know if my application has been accepted or rejected?
10.What costs will the scheme cover?
11.For personal reasons I am no longer able to continue the programme. Will I be liable to tamkeen for any money?
12.What is the approximate duration of a skills training programme?
13.What happens if I fail to attend classes during the training?
14.Will I secure a job after successful completion of courses?
15.Is transportation provided from my place of residence to the training provider’s premises?
16.Will I get an allowance during or after completing the course?
17.Will I be able to take a specific Basic Skills course more than once?
18.What are the maximum number of basic skills courses I can benefit from?
19.What is the Training Support Cap?