Important Highlights




Oct 31, 2016: Annual Capital Knowledge – Institute of Finance (CK) Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) night

Fifty candidates attended the annual Capital Knowledge – Institute of Finance (CK) Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) night at the Capital Club on 18 October 2016. It was attended by students who passed CFA ® exams after completing the CFA® Prep Courses at CK Institute of Finance as well as members of the CFA® Society in Bahrain.

 
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Mar 01, 2015: Capital Knowledge Announces the Launch of Preparatory Courses for the CMA and CPA Professional Certifications

Capital Knowledge is pleased to announce the launch of preparatory courses for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) examinations starting April 11, 2015.

The Uniform CPA Examination protects the public interest by helping to ensure that only qualified individuals become licensed as CPAs and earning the CMA credential certifies the critical skills fundamental to successful financial planning, analysis, control and decision support as well as professional ethics. Earning the CPA or the CMA designation facilitate quality entry level employment for young professionals aspiring to build a career in the field of accounting and general management.

Ms. Eman Nooruddin, Program Coordinator at Capital Knowledge, said "Our plan is to continue offering preparatory courses for prestigious certifications recognized all over the world, and the new courses are important addition to our suit of exam preparation courses we have run for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) examinations since 2007.”

“By offering such program we aim to enlarge the professional pool in Bahrain needed to enhance the competitiveness of our economy. We are also open to exploring means of addressing employers’ requirements and tapping into resources that will enable both employers and employees get the best out of each other," she added.

Courses will start on April 18 at Capital Knowledge, Bahrain Financial Harbour, West Tower, 25th floor. Interested candidates may call CK on 17 211311 or email info@cklearning.com.

   
     
Oct 27, 2013: Capital Knowledge celebrates the success of its CFA students

Capital Knowledge hosted its first annual event at the Capital Club, Financial Harbor to celebrate the success of its CFA students. The event was attended by students who attended the CFA prep courses at CK and successfully completed the CFA exams. Among the guests were also program Instructors, employers and Tamkeen officials.

On this occasion, Khalil Nooruddin, Managing Partner of Capital Knowledge said, “It is a pleasure to celebrate the success of this young and enthusiastic group. Our relentless emphasis on the quality of our provisions has helped us gain the confidence and satisfaction of our stakeholders. We are proud to see our young professionals develop and succeed . "

 
June, 2012: CK is Outstanding

CK-Institute of Finance is proud to announce that it has received a prestigious rating of 1 (Outstanding) by the Quality Assurance Authority for Education and Training (QAAET). The rating was provided following a 3-day visit and various quality checks conducted by QAAET’s Vocational Review Unit (VRU).

The review was centred on 5 main aspects of provision, and concluded with a rating for overall effectiveness. CK was judged based on learners’ achievement, quality of provision, how well provisions meet the needs of learners and stakeholders, the level of support and guidance provided to learners, and the effectiveness of leadership and management.

Each aspect of provision was scrutinized by the professionals of the VRU team, based on their own observations, as well as evidence provided by CK and its students
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Elham Abdulrazzaq, the Managing Director said, CK Institute of Finance has been committed to providing training solutions to professionals and organizations in the Kingdom of Bahrain since 2007.  We give utmost importance to the quality of our provisions, which has helped gain the confidence and satisfaction of our stakeholders. This rating has reiterated the dedication of CK and its staff towards knowledge dissemination, and development of the national economy by focusing on the youth in our community.

Capital Knowledge operates Institute of Finance that focuses on providing benchmark training for professionals in the finance industry.  It is a Bahraini company, licensed by Ministry of Labor and specializes in delivering training solutions in the fields of banking, finance, investment, accounting and management.  From its headquarter located at Bahrain Financial Harbour, it covers Bahrain and other GCC countries.
   
     
January, 2012: Service Excellence Program for BBK delivered by Capital Knowledge

A group of 15 employees from BBK took part in a 2-day Service Excellence Program conducted by Capital Knowledge.

The workshop focused on excellence, quality and standards. Participants discussed the critical aspects of personal responsibility to improve service levels, effective customer communication, personal planning and commitment. They also learned how to deal with all types of customers using the right strategies in order to acquire, satisfy and retain them by providing the best possible service.

Participants enjoyed the course which was delivered in a highly interactive manner including exercises, group work, videos and role plays based on real life scenarios.

Mrs Elham Abdulrazzaq, Managing Director of Capital Knowledge said, “we are pleased with the opportunity to serve BBK, a highly successful financial institution, and to play a role in enhancing the careers of young professionals.”

 
     
October, 2011: Seef Propertiers Customer Service

14 participants from Seef Properties took part in a 4-day workshop on Customer Service. The workshop focused on customer service excellence, which is critical in today’s competitive business environment. The aim was to meet the needs and exceed the expectations of both internal and external customers in a professional and positive way.

Participants received professional training on various aspects of Customer Service, such as gaining self-knowledge, handling difficult clients, the importance of body language, and how to improve their communication and listening skills.

The workshop was highly interactive, using various learning techniques such as videos, group activities, exercises and role plays based on real life scenarios.
 
     
September, 2011: Future Bank Change Management Program

A group of 89 employees from Future Bank successfully completed their Change Management Program, sponsored by Tamkeen under their Career Progression Programme (CPP), administered by BDO Jawad Habib Bahrain, and training conducted by Capital Knowledge.

The intensive and highly customized program, which comes under the bracket of CK’s Financial Career Foundation Programs, consisted of training in 12 different core modules and 8 process modules, with each module having up to 5 different batches of participants. The core modules were aimed at disseminating an in-depth understanding of various skills that fall under the umbrella of finance, IT and soft skills courses. The process modules were run for specific departments, and were designed to help employees understand and familiarize themselves with the Bank’s new core banking system. It also aimed at refreshing the participants’ understanding of the various policies and procedures incorporated by the Bank, along with best practices to be followed.

Each participant in the program was required to attend a different combination of modules, based on their specific skills and requirements, which would help them enhance their professional and personal productivity. Participants were required to periodically gauge their level of understanding by means of tests, and were awarded certificates of completion on fulfilling all requirements of the courses.
 
(One of the groups)
     
September, 2011: The Family Office Company Young Professionals Program – Group 2

After the success of the first run of the program, a second group of 5 employees from The Family Office Company successfully completed the Young Professionals Program, conducted by Capital Knowledge.

The intensive and highly customized program, which was adapted from CK’s Graduate Training Program, involved training in various finance and soft skills courses covered over a period of 3 months. Participants were also required to periodically gauge their level of understanding by means of quizzes and tests.

The participants gained quite a few useful skills, apart from being able to brush up on, and fine tune the knowledge that they already possessed. The courses helped them develop the necessary basic skills they require to ensure a smooth transition into the work environment.
   
     

July, 2011: Oasis Capital Bank Financial Modeling

A group of 9 employees from Oasis Capital Bank completed a two-week long program on Financial Modeling, designed and delivered by Capital Knowledge.

The workshop starts with basic modeling techniques and progresses by covering advanced Excel functions and features. It is a hands-on workshop and participants are required to design, build, debug and thoroughly test and document various best practice models covering a wide array of applications that finance and investment professionals routinely build and use.

Instructors were able to provide participants with a lot of insight into real life scenarios, owing to the ample experience they have. By the end of the program, participants were able to design, build and test sophisticated financial models related to public equity, real estate and private equity applications. Additionally, they acquired advanced Excel skills that could be applied to solving complex financial problems.
   
     

May, 2011: BNP Paribas Young Graduate Development Program – Group 2

BNP Paribas’ second group of graduates, consisting of 12 participants, completed the final residential phase of the BNP Paribas Young Graduate Development Program.

The one-year long program was composed of three residential phases and four on-the- job training phases. The residential phases which were spent at Capital Knowledge aimed to provide foundation class room training in financial as well as professional skills. The on-the-job training phases which were conducted at BNP Paribas’ regional offices in the GCC were designed to provide practical experience.

As stated by some of the participants –

“This program was better than I expected, I didn’t expect to learn so much and have so much fun at the same time.”

“There were really useful sessions that touch aspects of life and personality which added value to myself.”

“The program gave me a good insight on my strengths and weaknesses, that I have the room for improvement, and the different skills and attitudes that I need for work.”
 
     
December, 2010: InJAz Business Ethics Workshop

A group of 27 high school students from Khawla Girls School completed a workshop on Business Ethics, as part of the InJAz educational initiative. The workshop, conducted at Capital Knowledge and Khawla Girls School, was delivered in a highly interactive manner including group work and case studies in addition to lectures and classroom discussions.

The workshop was aimed at providing the students with a way to define their ethical framework, to help them solve ethical dilemmas more easily. The participants were given insight into the basic concepts and theories involved in the study of ethics, ethical issues in the workplace, how to identify values and moral principles, as well as insight into some common ethical dilemmas. Apart from this, they were also given guidance on how to improve work ethics, understand the concept of social responsibility and philosophical approaches to ethical decisions and tools to help them make better decisions.
 
   

December, 2010:
The Family Office Company Young Professionals Program

A group of 5 employees from The Family Office Company successfully completed the Young Professionals Program, conducted by Capital Knowledge.

The intensive and customized program, which comes under the bracket of CK’s Graduate Training Programs, consists of training in 18 different finance and soft skills courses covered over a period of 20 training days. Participants were also required to periodically gauge their level of understanding by means of tests.
 
   

27 September 2010:
Business Foundation Courses, designed and quality assured by University of Kent

The first group of seven students witnessed the kick start of their 9-month long Business Foundation Courses program , designed and quality assured by University of Kent. The course is full-time and will require students to attend classes four days a week, with 1,200 learning hours spread across 30 weeks.

The program provides the participants necessary grounding in essential skills needed to start and succeed in business careers. It is designed and quality assured by University of Kent and is based on the International Foundation Program (Business Pathway), which the university runs at its Canterbury campus. Participants who successfully pass the foundation program will receive a Certificate of Completion awarded by Capital Knowledge and would automatically be granted the option to proceed into the first year of one of the University of Kent’s three year Bachelors degree programs in Business, Management or Economics.

The program is taught at Capital Knowledge’s headquarters, located at the Bahrain Financial Harbour. Candidates are required to take four modules – Learning Skills Development, Business and Management, Economics, and Mathematics and Quantitative Methods.
 
   

July, 2010:
LCCI Executive Secretary Diploma

The first group of 8 secretaries completed the Executive Secretary Diploma Programme, conducted by Capital Knowledge, and accredited by the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI).

The program concluded with a graduation ceremony held at CK, where participants were presented with certificates on completion of the two-year long professional certification program. The ceremony was attended by HR Managers from the sponsoring organizations and other senior officials from Capital Knowledge.

 
   

July, 2010:
Crown Prince International Scholarship Program

A group of 12 candidates completed a one-day workshop on Business Ethics, under the Crown Prince International Scholarship Program. The workshop, conducted at Capital Knowledge, was delivered in a highly interactive manner including group work and case studies in addition to lectures and classroom discussions.

The workshop was aimed at providing the students with a way to define their ethical framework, to help them solve ethical dilemmas more easily. The participants were given insight into the basic concepts and theories involved in the study of ethics, ethical issues in the workplace, how to identify values and moral principles, as well as insight into some common ethical dilemmas. Apart from this, they were also given guidance on how to improve work ethics, philosophical approaches to ethical decisions and tools to help them make better decisions.

To help them practise their decision making process in a safe environment, the participants were provided with a number of case studies, and they were provided feedback and tips based on analysis of their decisions.
 
   

March, 2010:
Ministry of Social Development Service Excellence Program

A group of 73 participants took part in a Service Excellence Program organized by the Ministry of Social Development. The large number of participants were divided into four groups, and the 3-day course was run separately for each group, in 4 consecutive weeks.

Participants were able to better their understanding of the critical aspects of personal responsibility to improve service levels, effective customer communication, personal planning and commitment, and ways to handle all customer issues using the right strategies to acquire, satisfy and retain them by providing the best possible service.

The course was delivered in a highly interactive manner including group work, team building exercises, role plays and simulations based on case studies.

 
   

March, 2010:
Oasis Capital Bank Private Banker Program

A group of 7 employees from Oasis Capital Bank completed a four-day technical course on Private Banking at Capital Knowledge.

The program was aimed at providing a comprehensive introduction to the technical skills private bankers need to acquire to succeed in building profitable and long-lasting relationships with high net-worth individuals.

The participants were able to attain a thorough understanding of the finer aspects involved in Investor Profiling, Asset Allocation, Real Estate Valuations and Private Equity Valuations.
 
   

January, 2010:
BBK Management Trainee Development Program The first group of management trainees from BBK completed an extensive management trainee development program conducted by Capital Knowledge.

The group consisting of 12 employees, began their training in October 2009, and underwent comprehensive training in five main modules. These included Economics & Banking, Accounting & Financial Statement Analysis, Introduction to Capital Markets, Corporate Finance and Financial Modeling.

The program was aimed at providing the trainees with a better understanding of the factors involved in the finance industry, and helped them become better prepared for the challenges they will face in the future.

As stated by some of the participants –

“It is very important for new bankers to know the basics of financial institutions. Methods are good - group exercises, slides, real information and real cases.”

“We achieved the objective of the course & more as we discussed current situations in the world.”

“I found the subject very useful to my career and development”
   
   

November, 2009:
BBK Retail Sales and Service Excellence Group 3

Following the successful completion of the first two groups of employees from BBK, the third group consisting of 15 employees took part in the Retails Sales and Service Excellence Program conducted by Capital Knowledge.

The Service Excellence workshop, consisting of Customer Service, Selling and Personal Effectiveness was aimed at creating a work force that can handle all customer issues using the right strategies to acquire, satisfy and retain customers and develop the best possible service for them. The Retail Sales workshop was designed to provide participants with the fundamental professional selling skills that are critical in today's competitive business environment.

The course was delivered in a highly interactive manner including group work, team building exercises, role plays and simulations based on case studies.

As stated by some of the participants –

“State of the art material is used throughout this course.”

“This is the first time that I found a course useful and fun at the same time.”

“Very helpful for real life situations.”
 
   

November, 2009:
GIB Bourse Game & Professional Selling

A group of 17 employees from Gulf International Bank (GIB) took part in a set of two workshops, the first being a 5-day workshop called the “Bourse Game”, aimed at treasury and non-treasury personnel who want to learn about market practices of dealing with money and foreign exchange markets. This was followed by a 2-day workshop on Professional Selling Skills.

As suggested by the name, the bourse game is largely a Computer Simulated game designed to measure participants' speed of response, accuracy and alertness in a tense treasury environment. The course also covered market factor sensitivities, Value at Risk and other controls for managing a trading book. The game created a very competitive market environment for all participants to learn various important aspects of Treasury Management.

During the course of the workshop, participants were given an opportunity to fine tune their skills and understanding about various market aspects such as identifying best bid-offer rates, making a market, managing positions, accounting for sensitivity and Value at Risk and interpreting the economic impact of news.

The workshop covered many trading instruments used commonly such as SPOT, FX SWAPS, FUTURES, FORWARDS and OPTIONS.

As stated by some of the participants –

“I have better understanding for treasury products which will help me in cross selling & meeting my clients’ needs.”

“Very diversified, especially the concept of the market risk, and many interesting topics”
   
   

November, 2009:
CIPD Bahrain

Capital Knowledge, in collaboration with Bradfield Consulting Group, welcomed the first batch of 11 delegates to undergo the first week of their four week Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s (CIPD) Certificate in Training Practice (CTP) Program.

This is the first time that the CIPD Program is being offered in Bahrain and it provides an opportunity for interested candidates to take up the program and study in Bahrain. The training was conducted at the Capital Knowledge training facility, located at the Bahrain Financial Harbour.

Bradfield Consulting is one of the most experienced providers of CIPD education with more than 16 years of experience in running the CIPD Certificate in Training Practice and CIPD Certificate in Personnel Practice. They are also the largest international CIPD Provider with 13 centers in the UK and internationally.
   
   

October, 2009:
CFA® Prep Course

Preparation courses for the CFA® Level 1 and 2 Exams to be held in June 2010 began in full swing, with a record number of registrations for each level. Candidates for the CFA® Program will go through a rigorous training program, consisting of more than 250 hours of classroom study en route to taking the exam.

The large number of registrations follows CK’s excellent results following the June 2009 CFA® Exam. This year’s preparation course will also include weekly study group sessions, where students will be able to review material from the previous class, as well as try out practice questions to help them become better prepared.
   
   

October, 2009:
Accounting for CFA®
A 2-day accounting workshop was held at Capital Knowledge to give participants an introduction to Financial Statement Analysis and basic accounting. The course was designed as a prequel to the CFA® Prep course, to help candidates who do not have a financial background understand the basics of finance and accounting.

As stated by some of the participants –

“I was looking for a startup course and indeed it started quite uniquely from definitions to examples”

“It gave me a good idea before starting my studies”
   
   

October, 2009:
Seef Properties Spoken English

A course on Spoken English was attended by 30 employees from Seef Properties. The course, spanning 30 hours in total was delivered over 15 sessions to the candidates who were also divided into two batches for more effective learning.

The course was aimed at enabling participants to perform adequately when speaking at work to peers, superiors, and clients. It provided the participants with considerable knowledge of English grammar, vocabulary, listening skills and writing skills. Participants were given individual feedback on their performance and how to improve their techniques.

As stated by some of the participants –

“Simple & interesting course. Would love to do the next level with CK.”

“It taught me self confidence and that learning is a never ending process.”
   
   

September, 2009:
Seef Properties Supervisory Skills

6 participants from Seef Properties took part in a 3-day workshop on Supervisory Skills. The workshop was aimed at providing an overview of the role that supervisors play and the skills required to fulfill this role. It was a highly interactive workshop where participants got the opportunity to acquire the skills by applying them to simulated situations.

The workshop provided participants with a better understanding of organization structure and functions, methods of communication, core management practices and certain aspects of behavioral analysis.

As stated by some of the participants –

“Exceeded our expectations.”

“Modern technology used was great in the training rooms”
 
   

July, 2009: CFA® Level 1 Results


Capital Knowledge students passed their CFA® Level 1 Exam with flying colours. The candidates finished their Prep and Intensive courses with CK, and took their exams, a 6-hour race against time, held at the Gulf Hotel in Bahrain on June 6th.

The candidates had to go through a series of lecture classes, review classes, group study sessions and practice exams from October 2009, summing up to a grand total of over 250 hours of classroom study. Apart from this, candidates also put in close to 200 hours of self study during their course of preparation.

CK achieved the highest pass percentage in Bahrain, with 86% of students who attended at least 80% of the classes, passing the exam. The results reflect the amount of hard work and dedication that the candidates put in to their studies, as well as the quality of training provided at CK.

As stated by some of the participants –

“It is quite a lot, and taxing, but very beneficial at the end of the day.”

“I  would like to thank you for the dedication that you and everyone in CK demonstrated throughout the preparation for this exam. The coaching that you have provided us with is so personalized it has eased the preparation stress.”

“I can easily say with great confidence that no institute in Bahrain would do what CK did for us.”

“It was a great experience for me to be part of the group and I am sure all of the group members would extend their gratitude for what was provided.”
   
   

July, 2009:
BIsB Lending to Individuals and SMEs

10 participants from Bahrain Islamic Bank completed a weeklong course encompassing the aspects of Lending to Individuals and Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

The course was aimed at providing participants with a thorough understanding of all features of Individual lending, Business lending and security, the problems associated with these, as well as a broader understanding of BIsB’s Policies and Procedures.

The program included classroom teaching, activities, group work and quizzes.
   
   

July, 2009:
BNP Paribas Young Graduate Development Program

The final residential phase of the BNP Paribas Young Graduate Development Program was completed, and all 13 participants graduated with flying colors.

The program concluded with a graduation ceremony held at CK, where participants were presented with certificates on completion of the year long training program. The program was composed of four residential phases and four on-the- job training phases. The residential phases which were spent at Capital Knowledge aimed to provide foundation class room training in financial as well as professional skills. The on-the-job training phases which were conducted at BNP Paribas’s regional offices in the GCC were designed to provide practical experience.
 
   

July, 2009:
Ithmaar Financial Modeling Program

14 employees from Ithmaar Bank took part in a week-long Financial Modeling course held at CK.

The program, conducted at CK’s specialized training room equipped with laptops for students, was aimed at bettering Advanced Microsoft Excel skills that are used by these candidates in their day-to-day work. The course included various activities comprising group work, presentations, exercises, case studies and discussions in addition to classroom lectures.

As stated by a few of the participants –

“I think the course covered all areas that are crucial in excel and are very handy when using financial models at work”

“Model exercises were very useful due to their “hands-on” nature. Handouts covered important modeling tools and covered a variety of financial models. Exercises also allowed for students to refine their excel skills which is very useful & practical.”
   
   

June, 2009:
BBK Retail Sales and Service Excellence Group 2

The second group of 17 employees from BBK underwent the Retail Sales and Service Excellence Program held at Capital Knowledge.

This week long workshop, aimed at creating a work force that can handle all customer issues using the right strategies to acquire, satisfy and retain customers and develop the best possible service for them, as well as providing participants with the fundamental professional selling skills that are critical in today's competitive business environment.

As stated by some of the participants –

“Very informative. Simply PERFECT!”

“It is very useful and organized. We learned how to solve a lot of problems and how to effectively treat customers.”
 
   

May, 2009:
BBK Retail Sales and Service Excellence

The first group of 24 employees from BBK took part in a week long Retail Sales and Service Excellence Program conducted by Capital Knowledge.

The Service Excellence workshop, consisting of Customer Service, Selling and Personal Effectiveness was aimed at creating a work force that can handle all customer issues using the right strategies to acquire, satisfy and retain customers and develop the best possible service for them. The Retail Sales workshop was designed to provide participants with the fundamental professional selling skills that are critical in today's competitive business environment.

Participants were given the opportunity to hone their skills in various aspects of sales and customer service such as personal responsibility, effective customer communication, personal planning, techniques and tools used in professional sales approaches, listening and analytical skills, as well as effective management of customer relationships.

The course was delivered in a highly interactive manner including group work, team building exercises, role plays and simulations based on case studies.

As stated by some of the participants –

“The course was very useful and interesting.”

“The material and coursework that were provided were rich as they were full of useful lessons.”

“Very interesting, amazing lectures that keep you alert every second of the training.”
 
   

April 16, 2009:
BBK Retail Associates Finish a Comprehensive Training Program at Capital Knowledge

The second batch of 20 new recruits for BBK’s Retail Banking Associate Program graduated from a carefully structured 7-week training program funded by Tamkeen and conducted by Capital Knowledge (CK).

The program which was conducted in CK’s modern training facility at the Bahrain Financial Harbor is a component of a multi-year initiative aimed to attract and train Bahraini individuals to find employment in one of the country’s fast growing sectors. The training was comprehensive and employed various techniques including group work, case studies in addition to classroom lectures and activities. The training culminated in a week long simulation exercise where the participants applied the banking knowledge learnt and customer service skills acquired, in carefully crafted real life business scenarios.

Commenting on their learning experience, a participant in the program said “as much as we are happy to join the professional cadre of the banking industry in Bahrain, we are sad to leave Capital Knowledge where we learned so much in a friendly yet strict learning environment and where we interacted with highly motivating and experienced trainers, which made the training rigorous, comprehensive and fun”.

Commenting on this occasion, the Managing Partner of Capital Knowledge, Mr. Khalil Nooruddin said “nothing satisfies us more than seeing highly talented and energetic young individuals take their first steps in a long and hopefully highly successful career journey in a rapidly growing dynamic sector of our national economy”.

“We are honored to be entrusted with the task of getting the participants started in their professional careers and we look forward to working with them and other young individuals and to contribute to their success in the future.” he added.
 
   

January, 2009
: BNP Paribas Young Graduate Development Program On January 22nd the participants in this year’s BNP Paribas Young Graduate Development Program finished the second residential phase of their year-long program. The program is composed of four residential phases and four on-the- job training phases. The residential phases which are spent at Capital Knowledge aim to provide foundation class room training in financial as well as professional skills. The on-the-job training phases which are conducted at BNP Paribas’s regional offices in the GCC are designed to provide practical experience.

Commenting on this occasion, Mr. Abdelhakim Doukkali, Head of Regional Human Resources said, “the Graduate Training Program aims to provide foundation training for entry level graduate trainees selected to work in the bank’s offices in GCC countries. It is an important first step in the development of their financial careers. We chose Capital Knowledge to help design and deliver the program because of the thoroughness of the content, the caliber of the instructors and the quality of the training facilities.”

Mr. Khalil Nooruddin, Managing Partner of Capital Knowledge said, “we are pleased with the opportunity to serve BNP Paribas
 
   


January, 2009
: Credit Analyst Program

On January 3rd, 13 employees from Ithmaar banking group concluded a comprehensive Credit Analyst Program at Capital Knowledge.    This program covered quantitative and qualitative tools for dissecting company’s performance, for examining the impact of macro-economic factors on its financial results and for conducting industry analysis. It also equipped the participants with the tools for examining credit applications and for deciding appropriate financing products.

Commenting on this occasion, Mr. Ahmed A.Rahim, Chief Operating Officer at Ithmaar and Deputy Chief Executive at Shamil Bank said, “credit analysis is a core skill for all bankers and we require all young professionals at the group to acquire it early in their careers whether their current job requires it or not. We are pleased with partnering with Capital Knowledge to design and deliver the program to Ithmaar and Shamil employees.

“Mr. Khalil Nooruddin, Managing Partner of Capital Knowledge said, “we are delighted with the opportunity to serve Ithmaar banking group, a highly successful financial institution in the region, and to play a role in enhancing the careers of its professionals. We look forward to working with other institutions”.
   
   

July, 2008:
LF Funded BBK 'graduates' prepare for the working life:

The first batch of 20 new recruits for BBK’s Retail Banking Associate Program graduated from a carefully structured 7-week training program funded by the Labour Fund and run by Capital Knowledge.

A unique, comprehensive program was designed for the trainees, which included all the major aspects of Retail Banking, Banking Law and Compliance, Basic Accounting, Customer Service, Selling Skills and Interpersonal Skills over a period of 35 days. This extensive and carefully structured training prepared the new recruits in all relevant areas prior to their taking up actual on-the-job responsibilities and hence will help them perform efficiently and effectively from day one at their respective branches.

As part of the program, the trainees visited the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) where they were introduced to the dealing room operations, how to combat money counterfeiting and toured the coin museum at the CBB. In another field trip, the group went to different BBK Financial Malls to observe the day-to-day operations of tellers, customer service representatives and sales agents. This prepared the trainees for a core banking simulation offered at Capital Knowledge. For this, a class room was converted into a branch, providing the trainees with the opportunity to try out their respective functions as BBK Retail Bankers.

A crucial impact on the trainees was made by different BBK Executives from HR, Retail Banking and Marketing who arranged for class room discussions with the group.

The graduation ceremony was attended by senior officials from Labour Fund, BBK and Capital Knowledge.

At the graduation ceremony, BBK CEO Abdul Kareem Bucheery emphasized that a good banker must not only have good knowledge in banking but also, and  more importantly so, have the right attitude in order to serve customers well.  

Here are a couple of quotes from two participants:

“I think that this program was an excellent idea to build our knowledge and skills which will reflect on our career”.

“It was a very good chance for all of us, the program will help me build my personality and my career and how to work in a team”.
 
   

June 1, 2008:
Capital Knowledge welcomed the first group of 20 new trainees from BBK today at its training center in the Bahrain Financial Harbour. A morning induction program was held last Thursday morning at BBK and students begin their first modules in Banking and English for Business this week. A comprehensive program has been designed for the trainees, which will include all the major aspects of Retail Banking, Banking Law, Basic Accounting, Customer Service and Interpersonal Skills. This follows on from a ceremony that took place on Wednesday, 16th April, 2008 when Capital Knowledge signed an agreement with BBK to provide skills and training to 100 Bahrainis to work as retail banking associates at BBK. The prospective associates will be selected in batches of 20 and will undergo a carefully structured 7 week program. At the same ceremony the Labour Fund and BBK signed another agreement under which the Labour Fund will cover the cost of the training and provide assistance in its implementation.
 
   

April 16, 2008:
At a ceremony that took place on Wednesday, 16 th April, Capital Knowledge signed an agreement with BBK to provide skills and training to 100 Bahrainis to work as retail banking associates at BBK. The prospective associates will be selected in batches of 20 and will undergo a carefully structured 7 week program. At the same ceremony the Labour Fund and BBK signed another agreement under which the Labour Fund will cover the cost of the training and provide assistance in its implementation.

The two agreements were signed off by Mr. Khalil Nooruddin, CK Managing Partner, Mr. Abdul Kareem Bucheery, BBK’s Acting General Manager and Mr. Abdulellah Al Qassimi, Labour Fund’s Acting Chief Executive.

"We are delighted that Capital Knowledge is a partner with the Labour Fund and BBK to facilitate quality entry level employment for young Bahraini talent. The training program balances theoretical with practical training and provides all the necessary skills whether technical, professional conduct or soft skills that the selected candidates need in order to succeed in their chosen careers with BBK. This program is one example of the many training tracks that fresh graduates can pursue with Capital Knowledge; to start what we hope will be highly rewarding careers in the financial services industry in Bahrain", said Mr. Nooruddin.

Mr. Al Qassimi said, "When we started talks with BBK to offer our support in training 100 Bahrainis for entry level jobs in its Retail Banking operations, we were happy to work jointly with them to fund the training as well as provide assistance in implementing such a program. We are open to exploring means of addressing employers’ requirements and tapping into resources that will enable both employers and employees get the best out of each other,"

Mr. Bucheery said: "Our expansion plans will continue to be built on the availability of trained and capable Bahrainis. Candidates will be awarded a monthly stipend of BD 200 by BBK during the program and the successful trainees will be offered a monthly salary in line with the market standard which begins at BD 400.”

 

March 11, 2008:
Capital Knowledge is pleased to offer a full-time four year program leading to a BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting. The BSc (Hons) is awarded by Oxford Brookes University, one of the leading Business Schools in the UK, in partnership with ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants). The program is designed in such a way that candidates study for two years and complete the CAT (Certified Accounting Technician) examination papers and then pursue their studies with ACCA papers. After successful completion of 9 ACCA papers and submitting a Research and Analysis Project to Oxford Brookes University, the candidates are eligible to receive their BSc in Applied Accounting. Enrollment has started for this program which combines professional studies with a university degree.
   

March 9, 2008:
CK took part in the Careers Fair held at the St. Christopher’s Senior School in Isa Town. At the event, students from year 11 had the opportunity to talk to representatives from different professions in order to gain knowledge and advice for planning their future studies. The CK stand was visited by many students who learned about Accountancy and the CK Path to the BSc in Applied Accounting from Oxford Brookes University.
   

November 4, 2007:
Our CFA level 1 prep course started with twenty candidates. Classes run on Saturday mornings from 9 to 12 and Tuesday evenings from 6 to 9. Sessions will continue until end of May 2008 to prepare candidates for the June exam. A “catch-up” group will start on January 5 th. This group will join the existing class. To catch-up on the missed out lectures, they will also attend a third session every week.
   

October 21, 2007:
CFA Open House: Thirty Interested candidates attended an open house at the Regency Intercontinental Hotel. Mr Khalil Nooruddin, the Managing Partner, spoke to the audience about Capital Knowledge’s approach in running the prep classes. He also announced availability of scholarships for qualified individuals. Those eligible were encouraged to attend an assessment test on 27 October. Scholarships were offered to a number of successful candidates.
   

July 2007:
Capital Knowledge has become a licensed center for the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) international qualifications.