The Ministry of Education and Human Resources and the HRDC in collaboration with the relevant Employers’ Organisations/Institutions operating in the public and private sectors initiated the above project in 2007 which allowed for short period placement of 2/3 weeks duration to students of Lower Six Placement Programme as well as to students following courses in prevocational courses. The project actually emphasizes the importance of out-of-classroom career-related experiences for students.
One of the functions of the HRDC is to ‘establish linkages between the education, the training systems and the workplace’. Given the multiplicity of stakeholders involved along this nexus, there is need for a multi-pronged approach to establishing relevant and functional linkages. It is proposed to start a new project to further develop the link between university and the world-of-work. It is thus important to provide university students with opportunities to fill gaps in their understanding and to also inform and inspire them about their prospective careers. The HRDC is implementing the above project in collaboration with UoM and UTM.
The Skills Pledge is a commitment taken by employers to drive their business forward by training their employees. The Skills Pledge will be on a voluntary basis where employers/organisations will make a pledge to train and upgrade the skills of its employees. Organisations will have to adhere to the Skills Pledge Charter which will act as a scope for the project. The Charter will comprise of ten clauses. During this period employers will be supported by the HRDC.
The HRDC manages the Levy Grant System and one of its functions is to “initiate and monitor research on the importance and impact of training activities in relation to socio-economic development of the country”. Since there has been no systematic study has been carried out and there is an increasing pressure on training funds, it is of paramount importance to evaluate the effectiveness of training in Mauritius across different sectors.
Labour markets globally are highly dynamic which calls for more flexibility. One of the cornerstones to increasing labour market flexibility is to increase labour market information. There is need for people to be better informed about the current and future labour market to make career decisions over their life spans.