GIS - 22 October, 2015: Weekend classes have been launched by the Mauritius Maritime Training Academy (MMTA) this morning at the Fisheries Training and Extension Centre (FiTEC) in Pointe aux Sables in a bid to allow potential trainees who are employed and are not able to attend training during week days.
This initiative is in line with Government’s vision to increase the training capacity of the MMTA so that more people have the opportunity to obtain employment in the shipping sector.
To meet the demand of around 5,000 trained seafarers per year, the MMTA has been revamped. Hence several batches are being trained simultaneously and more instructors recruited. The number of training days has been reduced from 25 to 20 days without compromising on the quality of the course contents and standards of the training. Evening classes have been launched in September and weekend classes will be run on Saturdays and Sundays excluding public holidays.
Present at the launching ceremony, the Minister of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries, Shipping and Outer Islands, Mr Premdut Koonjoo, recalled that maritime trade is the cornerstone of the economy, while adding that the Ocean Economy is a new economic pillar which the Government is developing to propel Mauritius to the level of a higher income nation. He further stated that the ocean and ocean-related sectors are expected to generate some 25,000 jobs for Mauritians in the next five years, out of which 20,000 are directly related to the maritime sector.
In a bid to maximise employment opportunities in the sector, Mr Koonjoo highlighted that the training capacity of the MMTA has been increased from 200 to 2000 trainees yearly and seafarers training have been opened to private institutions so as to fill the training gap of 3,000 trainees yearly. The duration of the courses has also been reduced from 25 to 20 days.
Speaking about the port, the Minister said that the harbour of Port-Louis will be called upon to play a crucial role in transforming the macroeconomic fundamentals of the country, thus repositioning Port Louis as an international and efficient conduit for international trade. Around Rs 75 billion will be invested to develop the port, he said.
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