GIS – 2nd December 2016: The National Skills Development Programme (NSDP) is one of the premier programmes announced by the Government to address youth unemployment and is very much a testimony of Government’s commitment to ensure that all young people have access to training and are given the opportunity to fulfill and realise their potential, said the Minister of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, Mrs Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun, yesterday in Ebène Cyber Tower 1.
The Minister was speaking at the launching of the NSDP which aims at better matching skills with the demand of employers by equipping young people with technical skills which are in high demand. Sectors targeted are: ICT; Tourism and Hospitality; Nursing and Paramedics; and Construction and other industries.
In her speech, the Minister stated that young people constitute the asset of any nation and the future of Mauritius depends on how the country harnesses the potential of its youth. This is why, stressed Mrs Dookun-Luchoomun, Government has formulated policies aimed at addressing youth unemployment and this includes the elaboration of the NSDP.
Speaking about public-private partnership (PPP), the Minister observed that the programmes currently being elaborated are made in collaboration with the private sector and the launching of the NSDP is a tangible evidence of the PPP action. Mrs Dookun-Luchoomun also recalled that her Ministry in partnership with the Agence Française de Développement has already embarked on the formulation of a new skills development strategy for Mauritius to identify and match skills labour supply needs for existing and emerging sectors of the economy.
For his part, the Director of the HRDC, Mr Raj Auckloo said that the HRDC has been working very closely with employers, industry associations and other stakeholders to identify areas where there is a shortage of labour. ‘Together with our stakeholders, we have identified a list of specific skills that employers are looking for in the immediate future and mounted training courses which meet the need of employers, he added.
The NSDP targets jobseekers aged between 16 and 35 years. The trainees are paid a monthly stipend of Rs 5 000 and an additional Rs 1 000 as travelling expenses based on attendance and upon satisfactory participation in the training.
The training and work placement span a period of three to 12 months. Placement is a mandatory component of the NSDP which is intended to help trainees build links with the labour market and gain useful work-related skills. Training fees are met by Government. It is recalled NSDP is a joint Government – Private Sector collaboration programme.
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