(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) In recognition of outstanding achievements in employment and training programmes for national manpower and compliance with labour-related legislation, bank muscat was honoured with two awards at a ceremony organised by the Ministry of Manpower.AbdulRazak Ali Issa, chief executive, received the awards at the ceremony held under the auspices of Dr Yahya bin Mahfoudh al Mantheri, chairman, State Council. Salim al Kaabi, DGM “ human resources, attended the ceremony in which Aziza Mohammed al Hinai and Nabhan Salem al Dhahabi, employed with bank muscat since 1976 and 1986 respectively, were felicitated for long service.AbdulRazak Ali Issa said, ''bank muscat is proud to be honoured again for its commitment and achievement in national manpower initiatives. The bank pursues a comprehensive and continuous plan to develop Omani skills. The HR initiatives of the bank are integral to the business strategies, providing a competitive edge.''The bank was recertified this year as an Investor in People (IiP) organisation, affirming its human resources management practices in conformity with benchmark international standards. The bank presently has over 3,100 employees with Omanisation level exceeding 93 per cent. The bank appointed 366 Omanis at various levels in 2012.During the year, over 530 learning programmes were facilitated for 5,922 staff members, besides 25 induction programmes attended by 336 staff. Also, 136 in-company courses were attended by 1,748 staff to enable services functions in the bank achieve their objectives.The bank provided sponsorships for 97 employees under the educational assistance scheme in 2012 bringing the total to-date to 608 with 206 already graduated. Five employees were also sponsored for postgraduate studies abroad in 2012 bringing the total to 35 with 20 already graduated. This enables executives to develop and assume higher responsibilities.The bank also provided 36 sponsorships for professional certifications in 2012.