Africa-Press – Mauritius. A batch of 95 graduates including four from Rodrigues received their certificates for having successfully completed their courses leading to the award of a Brevet de Technicien.
The award ceremony was held, today, at the Lycée Polytechnique Sir Guy Forget in Flacq, in presence of the Minister of Labour, Human Resource Development and Training, Mr Soodesh Satcam Callichurn, and other personalities.
In his address, Minister Callichurn stated that Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) has become an instrumental tool in addressing youth unemployment. TVET, he indicated, can help minimise skills mismatch among the youth and help in their smooth transition from education to employment.
Government has placed TVET high on its agenda, he said, adding that several measures have been enunciated in Budget 2022-2023 as regards waiving examination fees for Mauritius Institute of Training and Development (MITD) trainees and administration fee for full-time courses for those registered on the Social Register of Mauritius.
The Minister underlined that the Government is working with the private sector to set up a TVET system which is more apt to the labour market, giving access to trainees, and foster quality training.
He spoke of several initiatives such as the Youth Employment Programme, Dual Training Programme, Graduate Training for Employment Scheme, Service to Mauritius, and Back to Work Programme, to curb the unemployment rate in Mauritius.
Speaking of the MITD, he stated that it plays a key role in the effective execution of governmental projects, and empowerment and re-skilling of workers as well as unemployed persons.
He lauded the MITD for actively collaborating with international TVET institutions to adopt best practices and keep abreast with skills forecast. “I am confident in the future of Mauritius and I am convinced that the right thrust on education and training will help achieve the Government’s vision for a new Mauritius”, he said.
The economic development of Mauritius depends significantly on an educated and trained workforce, equipped with the 21st century skills and capable of engaging themselves in a lifelong learning process, he added.
Addressing the fresh graduates, Minister Callichurn underscored that the TVET programmes will help open up new avenues in their career pathway and enable them to set up their own businesses.