GIS - 04 March, 2020: A graduation ceremony was held, this afternoon, at Montagne-Blanche, to reward some sixty-six students of the Fashion and Design Institute (FDI) who graduated in various courses including Arts Practice, Fashion, Graphic design, digital design, and art and design. The Minister of Industrial Development, SMEs and Cooperatives, Mr. Soomilduth Bholah, was present on the occasion.
The Minister congratulated the graduates for having successfully completed their studies and added that the FDI has inculcated to them the necessary cognitive and technical skills and competencies to embrace a successful career. He pointed out that the institute is aligned with the current market conditions and has upgraded its standards .
According to Minister Bholah, technical and vocational education is important to move upward on the economic front. He commended the role of training institutions like the FDI, in imparting the skills and knowledge needed to drive economic growth and social development and to boost entrepreneurship.
The Minister recalled that the Government Programme 2020-2024 highlights Government’s determination to improve the education sector, and to create an environment conducive to learning through modern digital technology and latest best practices. He pointed out that to this end, in order to better prepare and empower the youths, a National Skills Development Strategy 2020-2024 will be developed.
Furthermore, Minister Bholah emphasised that Government will ensure that the skills needed to drive economic growth and social development are delivered at an accelerated rate as the county needs skilled professionals. One of the most important roles for the FDI, in its current phase of strengthening, expanding and diversifying the post training system, is that of providing support to the technical and vocational training of students and entrepreneurs, he added.
The Minister lauded the initiative of the institute for the setting up of new courses , including the Jewellery Design courses. He also expressed satisfaction as regards the contribution of FDI students in the conceptualisation and designing of the uniforms of the Metro Express staff.
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