15 November 2018

Mauritius: Back to Work Programme Contributes to Reduction of Unemployment Rate, States Minister Callichurn

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The Back To Work (BTW) programme targets women, above 35 years old, who wish to join or re-join the labour force so as to contribute to household expenditure and to become economically independent. The programme facilitates the integration of these women in the world of work and leads to a reduction in the overall unemployment rate in Mauritius.

The Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations, Employment and Training, Mr Soodesh Callichurn, made this statement this morning during an award of certificate ceremony organised by the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations, Employment and Training in collaboration with the Mauritius Institute of Training and Development (MITD) at the headquarters of the Ministry in Port Louis, for unemployed women under the BTW programme who followed technical courses at the MITD.

In his address, Minister Callichurn highlighted that there is a demand for labour in the fields in which the participants completed their training and urged them to use the acquired skills and competences so as to carry out their duty in the best possible way. The BTW programme, he observed, also helps to re-build women's self-esteem, self-confidence and communication skills, which will ultimately increase their employability on the labour market.

He recalled that since the introduction of the BTW programme in 2015, more than 1 000 women have benefitted from placement in companies of the private sector. Out of 811 who have completed their one-year placement, many of them are already owners of a small business. He also spoke on other measures taken by Government to help reduce the unemployment rate in Mauritius, such as the Youth Employment Programme and the National Skills Development Programme, which mostly target the youth and aim at preparing them to integrate the world of work.

A total of 80 unemployed women received technical training in beauty therapy techniques; hairdressing techniques; bakery and pastry; care of the elderly and disabled persons; and early childhood care. The training sessions were sponsored by the Ministry and a stipend of Rs 6 000 was paid to each participant at the end of the course.

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