Eligibility certificates and other relevant documents were handed over to them yesterday in Port Louis by the Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment, Mr Shakeel Mohamed and the Minister of Social Integration and Economic Empowerment, Mr Surendra Dayal.
In his address the Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment, Mr Shakeel Mohamed, appealed to the selected workers to respect the terms and conditions of their contract and to collaborate with their employers so as to maintain the good reputation of Mauritian workers in that country. This, he said, will help create more opportunities in new areas for future Mauritian migrants not only in Canada but in other parts of the world as well.
Mr Mohamed also announced that the recruiting agency from Canada namely Prudhomme International Inc., based in the region of Saskatchewan, will be coming to Mauritius in March to recruit more workers. The CEO and president of Prudhomme International Inc, Mr Denis Prudhomme, added the Minister, was in Mauritius last November to recruit around 100 Mauritians to take employment as welders, multi-skilled painters and canvas goods makers.
The Minister added that very soon Mauritius will finalise circular migration agreements with other countries such as the Qatar, the United Arabs Emirates and Italy so as to facilitate the mobility of Mauritian labour towards these places. He further explained the rationale behind the employability of Mauritian workers which he attributes to the dedication of Mauritians to their work, their spirit to deliver their duty with diligence based on the experiences of those who are already serving under the circular migration programme. The Minister of Labour also stated that under the programme another batch of Mauritian workers will be leaving soon to work in Switzerland.
For his part, the Minister of Social Integration and Economic Empowerment, Mr Surendra Dayal, reiterated his ministry’s mandate which is to facilitate the placement of jobseekers in productive employment. Mr Dayal said that besides Canada, Mauritius is also working on other circular migration projects with France and that in the coming days more Mauritian workers will be heading to France to work in different fields namely the hotel industry, mechanical and metal work, electronics, processing industry and maintenance and community industry.
Mr Dayal also emphasised the need for potential candidates to undergo advanced training in the relevant fields prior to their placement opportunities with a view to meet the criteria of being employed by recruiting agencies. On this score, he made an appeal to job seekers, to register themselves and take advantage of the training facilities namely the Recognition of Prior Learning programme offered by his Ministry through the National Empowerment Foundation (NEF). Up to now the NEF has upgraded the qualifications of about 1800 unemployed in various fields, he said, adding that such training programme increases their chances of employability be it locally or through circular migration project.
As at date some 388 Mauritians are working in different sectors in various regions in Canada under the Circular Migration programme. The programme has been designed to offer Mauritian citizens who have a spirit of enterprise to take temporary employment abroad, to acquire skills and capital and set up their own business when they come back, thus participating in national economic development.