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January 04, 2013

Roland Dubois: Rs 330 Million to Promote Youth Employment "

The latest budget mentions the establishment of the Youth Employment Programme. Under the aegis of the Ministry of Finance, aims to find ways for hiring unemployed youth. Senior Advisor to the Ministry, Roland Dubois, explains the philosophy of the programmme.

> What is the unemployment situation in Mauritius? 
Bureau of Statistics refers to an unemployment rate of 20 500 people under the age of 25 in 2012. According to the International Labour Office, in 2011 there were 74.8 million young people aged 15-24 unemployed. This represents an increase of more than 4 million since 2007 on the international scene. The rate of youth unemployment is around 12.7 percent. And the global trend shows that three times as many young people are affected by unemployment than adults. 

> What are the means put in place to hire young people? 
The government is aware of the problem of unemployment. Thus, a program of Rs 330 million was proposed in the 2013 budget. The goal: to increase the likelihood of youth employment. When young, despite his qualifications, looking for a job, he calls what he experienced. However, it is often not obvious to one who has completed his studies. Another problem: his qualifications do not meet the business demand. In addition, when companies can not find people with the skills they employ foreigners. Thus, the government and business work together to ensure that young people develop an industrial experience that will help them meet the hiring criteria. 

> How will he practice?
 
A steering committee, the Skills Working Group (SWG) was established for the implementation of this program. It will be chaired by Roland Dubois, Senior Adviser, Ministry of Finance and Makoond Raj, Director of the Joint Economic Council. Other members will include representatives of the Ministry of Employment, Ministry of Education and Human Resources, the Ministry of Higher Education, Ministry of ICT, HRDC, the MQA, the MEF, the NCB and NEF. This committee meets at least once a week. 

> How do you encourage young recruits?
 
Youth will be recruited by companies for a year. Graduates will be paid up to Rs 15,000 per month (the government will contribute half and the other half will be paid by the company). Those who did not receive diplomas up to Rs 8000 per month, half of which will be paid by the Government and the other by the company. In cases where young people will follow other courses, the government will contribute half of the cost up to Rs 7500. The Mauritius Qualifications Authority (MQA) will help facilitate the approval of these training programs. 

> What is business? 
The company that hires ten or younger is required to use at least half of these young people for an additional year.But if a young person shows good occupa-tional provisions, it is likely that the company employed on a permanent basis. The SWG is working on an efficient system for recruitment, employers can identify directly recruits and make a request to the SWG for inclusion under the Youth Employment Program. This program does not apply to areas of trade and financial services. For more details, interested parties may contact the Ministry of Finance. Very soon, a website will be available and employers and job seekers can register there.

 

 

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