- 28 October, 2016: A first batch of thirty young graduates in the field of Engineering received yesterday their letters of offer for placement facilities under the placement scheme for trainee engineers in the public sector, for which 200 trainee engineers have been enrolled.
The Scheme, which is in line with the strategy of the Government to create job opportunities for young graduates as announced in the Budget 2016-2017, aims at ensuring the employability of these graduates after the completion of the training.
The ceremony for the handing over of letter of offer was held at the seat of the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations, Employment and Training, at the Victoria House in Port Louis in the presence of the Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations, Employment and Training, Mr Soodesh Callichurn.
Addressing the young graduates, Minister Callichurn called upon the youth to take advantage of the several programmes put in place to address the unemployment problem among youth namely, the Youth Employment Programme, the Back to Work Programme, and the Dual Training Programme. This, he said, reflects Government’s strong commitment to provide better matching skills for the unemployed youth to integrate the labour market. According to him, all these efforts are bearing its fruits with a decrease registered in the rate of unemployment which, as recorded by Statistics Mauritius, stands at 7.4% in the second quarter of 2016.
The Minister of Labour also announced the introduction of a new mechanism, namely the National Skills Development Programme, aimed at providing unemployed youth with technical skills that are highly in demand in certain priority sectors to address the problems of skills mismatch. The programme will target some 4000 youths in the age group of 16 years to 30 years as well as unemployed persons up to the age of 35 in sectors such as: ICT, tourism and hospitality, nursing and paramedics and construction and industries.
It will be recalled that under the Trainee Engineers Scheme, the young graduates in the fields of civil, mechanical, electrical and mechatronics, will undergo a two-year pre-registration practical training at the Ministry of Public Infrastructure and Land Transport and other public bodies under the supervision of a Registered Engineer. They will be paid a monthly stipend plus travelling allowance.
Initially set at 200 young graduates, the Scheme is being extended to another batch of 200 bringing the total to 400 trainee engineers. This after the positive response and the numerous applications received for enrolment under the Scheme.
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