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Bank Muscat supports Omani youth in IATA training at NHI

MUSCAT, 7 May 2013 – Bank Muscat, the flagship financial services provider in the Sultanate, hosted a ceremony at the head office on Tuesday (7 May 2013) to felicitate Omani youth who completed an IATA training at National Hospitality Institute (NHI) as part of the bank’s ‘Jesr Al Mustaqbal’ Corporate Social Responsibility initiative. Abdullah Al Hinai, DGM – Investment Banking, presented graduation certificates to the trainees at the ceremony attended by senior bank officials and Robert MacLean, Principal of NHI.

 

The ‘Jesr al Mustaqbal’ (Bridge to Future) programme was launched by Bank Muscat in execution of the directive of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos to provide relevant educational and training opportunities to Omani youth from low-income families to develop employable skills. To ensure continuity and success of the unique programme, the bank has allocated 20 per cent of its CSR budget for the programme.

Abdullah Al Hinai, DGM – Investment Banking, said: “We are happy to see the first batch of Omani youth successfully completing the IATA programme. ‘Jesr al Mustaqbal’ scholarship programme is aimed at helping young Omanis to receive proper education and vocational training that will enable them to develop employable skills and improve their living standards, social and economic status. This will also encourage them to positively participate in the service of society and development of the country.”

Robert MacLean, Principal of NHI, said: “We are delighted to partner with Bank Muscat to provide training and employment opportunities to Omani youth under the bank’s CSR initiative. The education of youth is the heart of sustainable Omanisation.  Consequently, NHI’s education programmes focus on internationally recognised accreditation such as the IATA/UFTAA Foundation Diploma. Our main goal is for Omanis to attain essential life skills by strengthening community involvement in education and fostering learning through sponsorship with esteemed organisations like Bank Muscat. For the third consecutive year, NHI has been ranked among IATA’s top 10 training centers in the Middle East which reflects benchmark educational standards benefiting Omani youth.”

‘Jesr al Mustaqbal’ scholarship programme reaches out to Omani youth at two levels. In the first category, secondary school graduates from underprivileged families will be sponsored to pursue undergraduate diplomas at selected colleges and universities. The study programmes are limited to diploma in Banking, Accounting, Finance or Information Technology, the duration of which will not exceed three and a half years.

In the second category, unemployed youth from low-income families who have not completed high school will be sponsored for vocational training. For eligibility, the family of students should be recipients of social welfare and/or from the low income category as defined by the Ministry of Social Development.

Mohammed Al Maharbi one of the ‘Jesr Al Mustaqbal’ beneficiaries thanked Bank Muscat for the initiative which contributed to developing workplace skills. “I am very happy to complete the IATA training which I am confident will help me in my career advancement. I will do my best to excel in my workplace and give back to the country my contributions as a responsible citizen.”

Ahmed Al Shukaili said: “I am grateful to Bank Muscat for supporting me with the scholarship leading to the IATA diploma which has already helped me to secure a job with Qatar Airways. I look forward to motivating other youngsters to benefit from Bank Muscat’s educational and vocational programmes.”

Houda Al Hammadi, who also secured a job with Qatar Airways after the IATA programme, said: “I thank Bank Muscat for this opportunity to lay a strong foundation for my life.”

Bank Muscat is the first Omani bank to establish a full-fledged CSR department. Considered among core values, the CSR policy stems from the bank’s strong belief in the importance of social responsibility. It reflects the bank’s concern and care for various segments of society. The bank is of the view that its social responsibility is not merely participation in charitable works and organisation of voluntary campaigns, but responsibility towards all-round development of society.