Children and staff from four children’s homes on Mahé were happy to welcome First Lady Linda Ramkalawan and Employment and Social Affairs Minister Patricia Francourt who visited them yesterday.

First Lady Ramkalawan and Minister Francourt used the visits to the President’s Village (Port Glaud), La Solitude (La Misère) and Foyer de Nazareth (Anse Etoile) whose residents were joined by those from the Foyer de La Providence (St Elizabeth, Victoria), to bring gifts and greetings for the festive season from President Wavel Ramkalawan and also interact with the children and staff.

In order to enhance labour market efficiency by providing actors with relevant and timely information for decision-making, the Ministry of Employment and Social Affairs has officially launched the first phase of the country’s first Labour Market Information System (LMIS).

An LMIS is the information on the labour market presented in a consolidated and structured way, and accessible to different users.

It is built on consolidating labour market data collected from different providers (public and private).

The modules of the first phase of the LMIS have been developed by the ministry responsible for employment in close collaboration with the Department of Information Communications Technology (DICT).

They will be used to register vacancies, jobseekers, job placements, and application of redundancy.

The different modules will also assist the ministry to better serve and understand the needs of its clients, while providing information for labour market statistics and analysis.

The first phase of the project was launched yesterday by Vice-President Ahmed Afif, during a ceremony held at the Exiles Club in Victoria, in the presence of Minister for Employment and Social Affairs Patricia Francourt and principal secretary for Employment Jules Baker.

In her introductory remarks, Minister Francourt noted that we are living and working in a digital era, where many parts of our lives and the economy depends on information technology, and as the expectations of clients – the public – increase, they rely on public servants to deliver services timely and efficiently.

She said through these modules, the ministry will be better able to collect, compile and standardise more information on jobs in demand through registered vacancies and the people seeking employment.

This, she said, will also in turn enable it to provide a quicker feedback to its clients and to monitor their employment status.

Minister Francourt further noted that since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic the volume of data recorded by the Employment department has increased, while the move to digitalise the services and to implement the LMIS has been underway for a long time.

This, she said, is part of the ministry’s strategic plan and decent work country programme with the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

“I must say that the Covid-19 pandemic has also accelerated this change given that labour market statistics have become of paramount importance more than ever before, in order to understand the economic outlook,” added Minister Francourt who further noted that the availability of reliable data will support this digital transformation and improve the employment analysis.

Minister Francourt also added that the ministry intends to do better and more and that it is its plan to engage private employment agencies to use this system and for the modules to go online for jobseekers and employers to submit applications directly online.

This, she added, will be another milestone that we look forward to.

She said the next phase of the LMIS will cover modules such as non-Seychellois employment and that the Ministry is also working in partnership with the National Bureau of Statistics and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to adopt the organisation’s system of LMIS where all data at national level related to employment will be centralised, compiled, analysed and published.

She thanked the Employment and DICT teams who have worked tirelessly on the development of the forms, programming of the system and facilitating the necessary training to Employment officers on Mahé, Praslin and La Digue.

“Your work is appreciated and you have persevered even when our office operations were affected by the Covid-19 pandemic,” added Minister Francourt.

LMIS provides an essential basis for employment and labour policies, and inform the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies that are better focused and targeted, while it also contributes to a reduction in the transaction costs of labour markets as they help overcome incomplete information of labour market agents.

 

Roland Duval

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Employment Department in collaboration with the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) officially launched the first phase of the Internal Labour Market Information System (LMIS) for the Employment Services and Industrial Relations Modules on Thursday 16th December 2021.

The creation of the modules is to register vacancies, jobseekers, job placements and applications of redundancy. The system will better assist the Ministry to understand the needs of its clients and it will also provide information for labour market statistics and analysis.

The ceremony began with the opening remarks from the Minister for Employment and Social Affairs Mrs. Patricia Francourt where the Minister thanked the Vice-President Mr. Ahmed Afif for his presence, which affirms his continued commitment towards efficient service delivery across Government through information technological tools. Minister Francourt expressed her appreciation to the Minister for Finance, Economic Planning and Trade, Mr Naadir Hassan, for his support in reinforcing the collaboration of the LMIS implementation process between the Departments of Employment and ICT.

Minister Francourt also extended her thanks to the Employment and DICT teams who have worked tirelessly on the development of the forms, programming of the system and facilitating the necessary training to the Employment officers on Mahe, Praslin and La Digue.

The Minister continued by adding that as we are living and working in a digital era, where many parts of our life and the economy depends on information technology. As the expectations of the clients - the public increase, they rely on public servants to deliver services timely and efficiently. Therefore introducing the online system will better able the Ministry to collect, compile and standardize more information on jobs in demand through registered vacancies and the people seeking employment. This will also in turn enable the Ministry to provide a quicker feedback to its clients and to monitor their employment status.

Mr. Gerard Gill Director of Software Development from DICT and the officers from Employment Department demonstrated how they will access and insert information of Employer, Employees and Job seekers in the module.

The Vice-President received the honour to press the button to officially launch the live version of the modules. The ceremony was ended after Principal Secretary of Employment Department Mr. Jules Baker and other officials from DICT gave a brief explanation of the next phase of the LMIS.

 

Eight young persons living with disabilities who have followed and completed a six-month vocational training programme, have been rewarded for their achievements and hard work.

Ibrahim Dodin was rewarded for his outstanding performance as well as for being the best overall performer.

The Minister for Employment and Social Affairs, Mrs. Patricia Francourt participated and delivered a speech in a Virtual Validation and Launch of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Programme Development of the Blue Economy in African Island States: Decent Work, Prosperity, Sustainability on 23-24 November, 2021. The event follows a regional workshop organized by the ILO in 2019,  and hosted by Seychelles under the theme “Creating a sustainable future of work and a just transition towards Blue economy in African Island states.”

Children who feel they are being abused or need advice and guidance in times of difficulties and distress can now just call 116 for assistance.

The free, three-digit helpline number, also to be used by adults to report child abuse cases, was officially unveiled by Vice-President  Ahmed Afif in a ceremony held at the Paradis Des Enfants on Saturday morning to commemorate Universal Children’s Day, which also fell on Saturday.

The national campaign for prostate cancer awareness was officially launched yesterday at the Savoy Seychelles Resort and Spa.

The event was graced by the presence of President Wavel Ramkalawan, Vice-President Ahmed Afif, ministers and other male counterparts from the government, parastatal and private sectors.

A group of young individuals from Praslin have for the first time been taking part in the ‘Prepare for Work Programme’, a two-week training which is taking place at Grand Anse.

The young individuals are part of the sixth cohort to enrol on the training programme which has had much success amongst the youth on Mahe.