GIS - 19 September, 2019: A total of 96 women received their certificates, today, after successful completion of the Back To Work (BTW) programme in presence of the Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations, Employment and Training, Mr Soodesh Callichurn, at the Victoria House in Port-Louis.
The BTW programme organised by the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations, Employment and Training in collaboration with the Mauritius Institute of Training and Development (MITD), targets women, above 35 years old, willing to join or re-join the labour force so as to become economically independent. The participants followed technical courses in various field ranging from pastry making, hairdressing, textile and apparel, and beauty therapy techniques amongst others at the MITD.
Minister Callichurn stated that there is a demand for labour in the fields in which the participants completed their training and urged them to use the acquired skills and competences so as to carry out their duty in the best possible way. The BTW programme, he said, helps to re-build women’s self-esteem, self-confidence and communication skills, and ultimately increase their employment opportunities on the labour market.
He recalled that with the introduction of the BTW programme, some 1163 women have been able to benefit from placement in several companies and have earned permanent posts. This initiative, he stressed, contributes to facilitating the integration of these women in the world of work and business as well as leads to a reduction in the overall unemployment rate in Mauritius.
He dwelt on several training programmes and schemes that institutions like SME Mauritius Ltd have put in place for the benefit of women and of youngsters. More and more women, he added, should develop their skills and expertise so as to start up new business ventures and become entrepreneurs.
The Minister also spoke on the Workers’ Rights Bill whose objective is to repeal the Employment Rights Act and replace it by a modern and comprehensive legislative framework in order to address the shortcomings of the present legislation and promote decent work and sustainable development. It also helps protect workers against discrimination and contributes to setting equal standards for the public and private sector, he added.
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