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Issues in Business Management and Economics
Vol.1 (8), pp. 218-229, December 2013
Article ID JBM065, 012 pages
ISSN 2350-157X
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Original Research Paper

Youth empowerment as a  human resource development strategy in Mauritius

Accepted Date 22 November, 2013

Nirmal Kumar Betchoo

Department of  Management and Business,Université des Mascareignes,Pamplemousses,Mauritius.

Author E-mail:betchoonirmal(at)


With 42,000 unemployed people in Mauritius (Statistics Mauritius, 2012), there is the urgent need to create jobs in the country to cope with impending job crisis.  A lot of school leavers, with or without the requisite school level qualification, enter the job market with little or no prospect for a job.  There has been continuous effort from various institutions like the Ministry of Employment, the Human Resource Development Council and the National Empowerment Foundation to develop skills and competences for individuals in sectors like ICT, literacy and numerical skills; including various employable skills in sectors like hotel and catering, tourism, handicraft, etc.  There is however, a need to develop economic empowerment whereby young people would be able to benefit from well defined and targeted HRD programmes to enable them build up their employment skills.  This paper agreed that HRD programmes have to be targeted and developed for tertiary level students who are quite vulnerable to fall in the unemployment trap.  While they could be independent and capable of contributing financially to the family, they could also move forward on being financially independent, innovative and competitive.  The study explained that a properly defined HRD strategy for school leavers in terms of traineeship in selected areas could be the starting step to economic empowerment.

Key words: Economic empowerment, HRD, Tertiary level students

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