TVET: Capacity building of technical and skilled workforce to enhance economic development of Mauritius
he crucial role played by education and training in building the capacity of a workforce with the cognitive and technical skills and competencies in enhancing the sustainable economic development of Mauritius was highlighted by the Minister of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, Mrs Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun, yesterday in Ebène.
The Minister was speaking at the opening of a Conference on Quality Assurance Framework for the TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) Sector held at the BPML Conference Hall, in Cyber Tower 1.
In her address, Minister Dookun-Luchoomun cited as example empirical studies which suggest that a national average increase in education by one year increases the national output per capita by an estimated 3 to 6 percent. ‘This explains why all countries aspiring to a High Income status, which is also the objective of Mauritius, have given to TVET its due importance for the development of a skilled workforce’, she pointed out. In many of these countries indeed, noted the Minister, we have a high percentage of adults, in some cases accounting for about 70%, enrolled in TVET programs.
According to the Minister Dookun-Luchoomun, the issue of education and human resource development stands high on the agenda of Government. She recalled that government is strongly its committed to provide education and training of international standards to enable young Mauritians to be employable in new and emerging sectors of the economy, to have more fulfilling jobs and also to be competitive on the global market. Hence, by emphasising the significance to be attached to TVET, we are satisfying a national imperative as well as an international imperative by aligning itself with international commitments taken as a member of the community of nations, she added.
The Conference was organised by the Mauritius Qualification Authority (MQA) to elaborate a Quality Assurance Framework for the TVET Sector with the involvement of relevant stakeholders.
The objective was to enable the adoption of some of the best practices in different regions around the world as benchmarks. It is expected that this would help the MQA to eventually come up with a Framework that is in line with international norms with the aim of making trans-border qualifications’ recognition a reality.