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Work placements beckon Mauritian college students

Work placements beckon Mauritian college students

The island nation is sending out the right message to its youth with an initiation workshop being held today to mark the launch of the work placement programme for Lower VI students. (Image: University of Mauritius)

Want to know how you can make it big in your professional life? Start young! The island nation is sending out the right message to its youth with an initiation workshop being held today to mark the launch of the work placement programme for Lower VI students.

The placement workshop is being organized by the Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) at the Indira Gandhi Centre, Phoenix as a precursor to actual placements which will last for two to three weeks during the November/December 2013 school holidays. The placements will cover 650 students from 90 schools, and corporates from 40 organisations.

This time around, participating students will be given the opportunity to get useful placement tips from two renowned HR experts: Claire Nemorin, General Manager at Infomil Ltd, and Aarti Rajkomar, HR Manager at Airport Terminal Operations Ltd (ATOL). The HRDC believes that this incentive will give the students a better perspective on the professional world before actually embarking on the placement programme.

Nemorin will take the students through a presentation on job profiles and trends in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector, the sector being one of the most dynamic in Mauritius. Innovation in technology has brought about fundamental changes in industry and even the prevalent culture in society. Catering to career growth in ICT, addressing skills and competence needs as well as providing education and training to ICT aspirants are key to power the sector. The dynamic sector is a key contributor to the country’s productivity and competitiveness in a global environment.

Rajkomar will comment on the corporate culture and professional attitude required to integrate in the world of work. Every company, from small businesses to large corporations, has a unique culture that defines its performance and productivity. It is important to understand that companies with an adaptive culture aligned to their business goals can achieve superior performance over the long run and will outperform their competitors.

Since the launch of the work placement project in 2007, some 4,615 students have been successfully placed in 250 participating companies. Some of the institutions inviting students for placement this year are the Agricultural Marketing Board, Central Informatics Bureau, Dragon Electronics Ltd, Hotel Catering Training Centre Ltd, Irrigation Authority, HRDC, Mauritius Film Development Corporation and the Mauritius Standards Bureau, amongst others.

Education and training make a rich contribution to economic development and the work placement project is an important tool to induct students into the workplace. The exercise emphasises the importance of out-of-classroom career-oriented experiences for students. One of the easiest ways to ensure a bridge between school and the world of work from an early stage, the project helps reduce demand-supply mismatch of labour, even as it strengthens links between the education system and the world of work.

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