Launched in April 2017, the Employment Facilitation Training Service (EFTS) programme was the first of its kind initiative to take place in the region, seeing 14 trainees who fall under the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) gain workplace training in BMMI’s Alosra supermarket.
On October 1st of last year, the second edition of the programme was launched, with seven students joining the company’s Bahrain Logistics Services (BLS) and FMCG teams for training.
Recently, a graduation ceremony was held to recognise the trainees' efforts on the 1st of October, where Senior Admin Supervisor, Amer Hamid, and Assistant Operations Manager, Mohamed Hammad, proudly represented the BMMI Group.
Mohamed Hammad addressed the attendees with a few words about the programme, saying, “we are very happy to host trainees under the Autism Spectrum Disorder once more, to receive valuable workplace training at BMMI. We’re extremely honoured to have been the first organisation to be approached to support this important initiative and to also be able to support for the second year in a row. It has been very encouraging and motivating to see the trainees learn new skills, and how supportive our team have been with the trainees. The trainees spent a few months with us, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them for all their great attitude, and to express my appreciation to the Bahrain Society for Children with Behavioural and Communication Difficulties (BSCBCD) for the effort they put into making sure they were well supported and primed for success through the guidance of their job coaches. I hope other businesses continue to support this programme,” he said.
The EFTS programme is one of the many initiatives that BMMI is involved in as part of its commitment to the local community. BMMI has been a long-time supporter of championing causes and programmes that would benefit people throughout the Kingdom.