KUWAIT: A ceremony was held to mark the end of “Tamakan” training program for fresh Kuwaiti university graduates, organized “Creative Confidence” with the strategic sponsorship of National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) for the second year in a row. The closing ceremony was attended by Isam Al-Sager, NBK Group CEO, Shaikha Al-Bahar, NBK Deputy Group CEO, Salah Al-Fulaij, CEO of NBK – Kuwait, Sulaiman Al-Marzouq, Deputy CEO of NBK – Kuwait, Emad Al-Ablani, GM – Group Human Resources , Mohamed Al-Othman, GM – Consumer Banking Group and Faisal Al-Hamad, Head of Global Wealth Management.

The event held at NBK’s headquarters, with strict adherence to all precautionary measures and social distancing rules, featured a discussion session in which the bank’s executive management watched a presentation by the trainees of their outstanding graduation projects which demonstrated creative ideas and visions. For three months, the bank hosted 40 trainees at different training sites at its headquarters, starting from January 23 to April 8, 2021, where it provided them with courses aimed to develop their skills, qualify them and boost their readiness to navigate their way into the labor market.

During this period, the program worked on qualifying trainees and enhancing their skills to fit in the real labor market. Through this, it presented an innovative training experience for Kuwaiti graduates who need support to face the challenges ahead as they seek to start their career or set up their own business, thanks to developing the required skills, as well as expertise.

“Tamakan” program aims to develop the personal skills needed to become compelling candidates for employment, in addition to motivating Kuwaiti youth to explore their inherent potentials and energies and unlocking the creativity of young cadres. The program adopts the Blended Learning approach, and focuses on many themes and workshops about creativity and innovation, design thinking, business model design, career exploration and innovative.

A career gateway
The trainees expressed their pleasure with participation in this program and extended thanks to National Bank of Kuwait for supporting them and providing the bank’s long-standing expertise to develop their skills and qualify them for the labor market in a professional manner, thanks to the bank’s highly professional organizational approach.

The trainees pointed out that they achieved significant development and acquired knowledge adding value to their future career path during the program time. They also highlighted they benefited from skill enhancement on various sides, and regarded “Tamakan” as their gateway from the academic world to career exploration and pursuing practical life.

A great success
On the sidelines of the closing event, Sumayah Al-Jasem, the Founder of Creative Confidence expressed her pride with the cooperation with National Bank of Kuwait, the most reputable financial institution in Kuwait, in organizing and sponsoring “Tamakan” program.

Jasem mentioned that the program’s second edition saw great success and turnout, as shown in the number of applicants that reached 600, noting that “Tamakan” represents an innovative training experience for Kuwaiti fresh graduates who need support to face the challenges of employment or setting up their own business, by developing the required skills and experience, and this opportunity is important as a bridge to becoming a real workforce.

Creative Confidence is a Kuwait-based consulting and training company specialized in stimulating innovation and creativity and providing hands-on training experience across all sectors with the aims of teamwork and celebration.