MUSCAT, 25 December 2012 - Bank Muscat, the flagship financial services provider in the Sultanate, as part of its Jesr Al Mustaqbal (Bridge to Future) Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative, signed two agreements with training institutes in Dakhiliyah and Dhofar governoartes to equip 40 young Omanis with the necessary skills to develop their careers and contribute to national development. Upon successful completion of the 3-month training course, the Omani youth, including women, from low-income families, will be employed by Lulu Hypermarket in its Dakhiliyah and Dhofar outlets.The training in Dakhiliyah will be conducted by Nizwa Cultural Institute and in Dhofar by Dhofar Institute of Technology. The agreements were signed by Abdullah Al Mahrooqi, Regional Manager – Dakhiliyah Governorate, and Yasir Salim Tabook, Regional Manager – Dhofar Governorate. The trainees will undergo 3 months training in accounting and customer care to become proficient as cashiers, counter supervisors and customer service staff. Abdullah Al Mahrooqi, said: “As part of Bank Muscat's CSR commitment, a comprehensive plan is in place to provide vocational training to Omani youth, especially from low-income segments, to help them develop workplace skills. The bank attaches importance in supporting people with special needs. The training programme is aimed at enabling low-income citizens to gain employable skills and overcome difficulties they face in career development."Yasir Salim Tabook said: “The youth represent the future of Oman and the training programme is aimed at empowering them to actively participate in nation-building. Bank Muscat is very sensitive to the needs of people and keen on enriching their lives. The training programme is yet another affirmation that Bank Muscat is a true partner in supporting people with special needs. Such programmes help in achieving a better future for marginalised sections in community."Early this year, Bank Muscat launched 'Jesr al Mustaqbal' youth scholarship programme in execution of the directive of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos to provide relevant educational and training opportunities to Omani youth to develop employable skills. The comprehensive programme launched as part of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) aims at offering study and vocational training sponsorships for young Omanis - both male and female from low-income and limited income families who have not been able to complete their education for various reasons. The Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of Bank Muscat is a commitment to contribute towards sustainable development by working closely with local communities with the aim of improving living standards in a manner that serves the national economy and development process at the same time. Equal consideration is accorded to environmental, social and economic issues when pursuing efforts aimed at achieving development and improving living standards.