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Sets, TGMI partner to provide training for workers made redundant |28 July 2020

Sets, TGMI partner to provide training for workers made redundant

Mrs Mohideen and Mr Morel signing the agreement (Photo: Joena Meme)

The Guy Morel Institute and the Seychelles Employee Transition Scheme have formalised their partnership with the launch of the ongoing ‘on-boarding programme’ for workers made redundant as well as a newly introduced ‘entrepreneurship skilling intervention programme’ for local entrepreneurs and small business owners.

The agreement to formalise the training partnership between the two institutions was signed in a short ceremony yesterday afternoon at The Guy Morel Institute (TGMI) premises at Majoie.

TGMI executive director Shella Mohideen signed on behalf of the institution while the chief executive of the Seychelles Employee Transition Scheme (Sets), Guy Morel signed on behalf of the scheme.

This was in the presence of Sets’ chairman Aubrey Lucas, chief executive of Enterprise Seychelles Agency (Esa) Angelic Appoo, Sets board members and staff, some graduates from the first cohort of the on-boarding programme among other guests.

The newly introduced ‘Entrepreneurship skilling intervention programme’ to start in the third week of August 2020, is also in partnership with Esa. It has been specifically designed to sharpen the entrepreneurial skills of the local entrepreneurs and small business owners. It is a fact that quite a number of people in Seychelles are self-employed but they enter the business world without formal training or the necessary skills.

In this time of economic crisis brought about as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, quite a number of them are not able to be productive and therefore are relying on government for assistance. So the up-skilling training programme, which will be for five weeks, will be focusing on various entrepreneurship objectives that will help them to be more competent and better prepared to join the business world.

The on-boarding programme by Sets, in collaboration with TGMI, is to give new skills to workers made redundant, preparing them for work placement in other fields of work.

Among other objectives, the re-skilling training programme also provides the clients with the opportunity to look at the career path, in terms of their ongoing professional development, to embrace this new normal in the wake of the pandemic.

A first cohort has already successfully enrolled and has successfully been placed on temporary employment in work places where some of them will have the possibility of full employment later on. The programme is supposed to end by the end of December 2020 after which it will be reviewed. The second on-boarding programme will start sometime next month.

The presentation of both programmes was made by Mrs Mohideen. She claimed that 250 seats are available under the ‘entrepreneurship skilling intervention programme’. Other than advertising for the available seats, Sets, TGMI and Esa are calling on local entrepreneurs and small business owners to register for the voluntary training programme.

Mrs Mohideen said TGMI has revised some of its programmes to accommodate the COVID-19 crisis and also is very happy with the increase in self-funded learners registering for training with the institute in this time of crisis.

She said with the increase in number of vacant posts that were occupied by expatriates, people should take the opportunity to develop their career path through study so that they can therefore obtain the required skills and qualifications to fill the vacant positions.


Patrick Joubert

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