Government has approved the implementation of the ICT SKILLS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (ISDP) which promotes training and work placement initiatives to cater for the increasing demand of manpower in the ICT/BPO industry.

This is in line with Government vision to develop the ICT Sector into a key pillar of the economy and make of Mauritius a regional ICT hub.  It is estimated that the ICT Sector would require an additional workforce of 15,000 persons in the next few years.

An ICT Skills Development Unit has been set up at the National Computer Board (NCB) to manage the programme.

The ICT Skills Development Programme comprises two incentive schemes:

Scheme 1: Training and Work Placement Scheme

The Training and Work Placement Scheme whereby ICT/BPO companies are encouraged to offer unemployed youth having an SC, HSC, Diploma and/or Degree a work placement for a maximum period of 12 months.  Training is optional but is however recommended.

Trainees having an SC, HSC, or Diploma will receive a monthly stipend of up to Rs 8,000 while Degree holders will receive up to Rs 15,000.

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Scheme 2: Work-Based Learning for University Students

The Work-Based Learning for University Students scheme enables Employers to identify talents before graduation among Tertiary Level Students through a ‘Work-Based Learning’ concept.

ICT/BPO companies are encouraged to recruit trainees from the ICT Skills Development Programme database and offer them a work-based training / placement.  Trainees should undergo the training / placement for at least 2 times for a period of 6 weeks each during a year of study.  Participants receive an all-inclusive stipend of Rs 6,000 per month during the placement.

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