HRDC presents findings on skills needs for the Manufacturing Non-Textile Sector

The key findings on skills needs and manpower requirements for the Manufacturing Non-Textile Sector, a result of a survey carried out on skills needs by the Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) under the Skills Studies 2017/2018, were presented this morning at NG Tower in EbAne.

Professionals and operators from the manufacturing non-textile sector and representatives from Government bodies, public and private education and training institutions as well as students attended the session.

Present on the occasion, the Director of the HRDC, Mr Raj Auckloo, pointed out that the manufacturing non-textile sector forms part of the key economic sectors of the country and contributes 9.4% to the Gross Domestic Product and 17% to employment. The survey, he highlighted, has been carried out to ensure that the sector is equipped with economic driven skilled manpower to meet the present and upcoming needs.

With regard to Skills Studies, he underlined that they are carried out by the HRDC every two or three years to gauge the availability of competent candidates on the job market. The survey, he added, provides fundamental data sources which needs to be regularly conducted to update skills needs at enterprise level.

Mr Auckloo further underpinned that the dynamics of the labour market, coupled with the corporate strategy of firms and the economic orientation of the country, require a workforce equipped with up-to-date skills. On this score, he called on training and education providers to adapt their curriculum based on the current and future skills needs.

Study on Manufacturing Non- Textile Sector

According to the Skills Studies, high-tech industries are providing a lot of new high-skilled jobs in engineering, precision manufacturing and food processing. The future of the sector is highly dependent on digital and ecologic transition as well as more focused human capital.

Current jobs demand include bakers, machine operators, machinists, manufacturing engineers and researchers, while the future jobs demand are electrical designers, IT engineers, industrial designers and e-commerce specialists, amongst others.

The proposed recommendations of the study are to revitalise and re-engineer the manufacturing non-textile sector through innovative practices and new type skills, enhance career guidance provision, establish a platform to feed skills needs and develop a re-skilling mechanism.

Skills Studies 2017/2018

Skills Studies 2017/2018 includes analysis of emerging sectors over and above the main traditional industrial sectors and attempts to give a more accurate picture of skills gap in various sectors as well as shed light on employers' views on the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills in their workforce.

The study covers the following sectors, namely Tourism and Hospitality, Financial and Insurance Services activities, Business Services and Real Estates, ICT � BPO, Wholesale and Retail Trade, Repair of Motor Vehicles and Motorcycles, Textile, Freight, Logistic and Transport, Storage, Manufacturing (Non-textile), Agriculture and Construction and Allied services.

Source: Government of Mauritius