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Maldives initiates national apprenticeship programme

16 July 2019, MVT 16:34
Minister of Communication, Science and Technology Maleeh Jamaal speaking at the ceremony held at Customs Headquarters, inspired by UNESCO's World Youth Skills Day. PHOTO: TVET AUTHORITY
16 July 2019, MVT 16:34

The Ministry of Education and Technical Vocational Educational Training Authority (TVET), on Monday, initiated a national apprenticeship programme.

Minister of Communication, Science and Technology Maleeh Jamaal officiated the ceremony held at Customs Headquarters. The programme was inspired by UNESCO’s World Youth Skills Day.

Minister Maleeh stated that this year, the day was dedicated to the youth. He declared that although the economy was broadening, the youth face numerous issues when it came to jobs, such as unemployment and inadequate salaries.

State Minister of Higher Education Mohamed Hashim declared that more than 1,000 students will be trained under the programme.

The programme will be run by leading businesses and resorts in the country, including Male’ Water and Sewerage Company (MWSC), State Electric Company Limited (STELCO), Housing Development Corporation (HDC), Maldives Ports Limited (MPL) and State Trading Organisation (STO).

“Our aim is to provide students with access to certificate level three MAQ qualifications”, said Hashim.

It was not revealed when the programme would commence.

The state minister asserted that the apprenticeship programme would enable students to get ample experience from leading businesses and established companies. He added that as it was formed in collaboration with employers, those who complete the programme will be ready for employment.

Whereas the programme will be run by several different organisations, the quality of the courses will be monitored by TVET.

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