GIS - 16 October, 2015: The Agence Française de Developpement (AFD) has allocated 450 000 euros to restructure the Public Employment Service in Mauritius so as to make employment information centres across the island more efficient with a view to better assist job seekers integrate the labour market.
In this context, the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations, Employment and Training, signed yesterday in Port Louis, two agreements with the French authorities. The two agreements which make provision for both technical and financial assistance for the implementation of the project aimed at facilitating job seekers and employers to have a first-hand opportunity to know each other’s expectations in the field of employment.
The agreements which consist of a framework convention on cooperation and a specific convention were signed with the French Ministry of Labour and Pole Emploi France respectively.
On this occasion, the Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations, Employment and Training, Mr S.S. Callichurn, recalled that the issue of unemployment is high on the agenda of the Government and is in line with the vision of the Prime Minister to create some 100 000 jobs by 2019 together with the setting up of a National Agency for Employment which will be called upon to play a pivotal role.
To this effect, he underscored that the employment information centres will have to be restructured and modernised to provide better service delivery for the placement of job seekers. With this new project, he added that assistance will be provided to job seekers to obtain information on the skills and competencies required for specific jobs, the range of salary they can expect, the working conditions and the career prospects.
He also spoke of Mauritius revamping its public employment service by replicating the model of Pole Emploi France that has been successful in addressing the issue of unemployment with the participation of all concerned stakeholders evolving in the labour market.
It will be recalled that the Government has already put in place three training programmes to ensure that the needs and aspirations of jobseekers and employers are met. They are namely: the Youth Employment Programme, the Back-to-Work Programme, and the Dual Training Programme.
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