- 10 November, 2016: ‘You are expected tomorrow to contribute to the development of the country and this can only occur when you get jobs, when the employers find in you the skills and qualities that they require in their employees.’
This was the message addressed by the Minister of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, Mrs Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun to trainees at the opening of the Mauritius Institute of Training and Development (MITD) annual Job Fair, held at the Atrium of the École Hôtelière Sir Gaëtan Duval, Ebène, on 10 November 2016.
The Job Fair concerns some 650 trainees who will be completing their training programmes in the fields of Engineering trades and Garment making in December. Thirteen major groups of companies were present, among which Scomat Ltd, Manser Saxon Contracting Ltd and Tropic Knits Ltd.
By regrouping potential employers from different sectors, the Job Fair provides a platform whereby trainees can discover employment opportunities and career prospects available in their fields of their studies. This represents an invaluable opportunity for them to better grasp what skills employers are seeking for and accordingly make their career planning before the end of their training, as well as develop their networking and personal branding so that they can make effectively their entry in the world of work, underscored the minister.
Mrs Dookun-Luchoomun emphasised the prominent and vital role of polytechnic schools and of the MITD in developing a skilled labour force and manpower in a wide range of fields to enhance productivity of the economy. She also dwelt on the need to discard the traditional pejorative stigma attached to technical and vocational education in Mauritius.
The MITD offers various technical programs to provide human resource training to meet the needs of the world of work at the middle professional level. The organisation has assisted in the apprenticeship of trainees in technical and vocational fields in its various training centres (presently 13). Throughout the past 25 years it has formed around 165,000 trainees in different trades.
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