The Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) was set up in November 2003 as per the HRD Act 2003. The setting up of HRDC was inspired by recommendations of a report on National Integrated Training Strategy, prepared by an International Labour Organisation (ILO) consultant, whereby the need for an apex body that would guide and provide the necessary thrust for human resource development in Mauritius was felt.
HRDC has been vested with the responsibility to look after and promote the development of the labour force in Mauritius in line with the requirements of a fast growing economy.
Its vision is to be a creative and competent Human Resource Base
Its mission is to develop institutional synergies for an integrated Human Resource Development Strategy
The objectives of the HRDC, as spelt out in the HRD Act 2003, are to:
Its functions are to:
Facilities/services- Training Grant System
The National Training Fund
HRDC has been vested with the responsibility to administer, control and operate the National Training Fund. The Fund offers training incentives to employers to encourage more effective human resource development at enterprise and national levels. HRDC thus offers grants as incentive whereby employers can recover up to 75% of training costs depending on their tax rate. Training may either be run in-house, overseas or externally by training institutions registered with the Mauritius Qualifications Authority (MQA).
Since its setting up, HRDC has facilitated direct training of around 350,000 Mauritians, at a total cost of Rs 2.2 billion through various Levy Grant incentive schemes.
Eligibility for Grants
HRDC Training Incentive Schemes
The following incentive schemes available, subject to laid down terms and conditions:
The TNA scheme is available to firms so as to encourage them to go for more focused training by conducting a proper training needs analysis in the light of which their training programmes can be mounted. Firms conducting TNAs will receive a refund of an amount equivalent to 25 % of their eligible Grant Refund subject to a ceiling of:
The refund for TNA is under the ceiling of the Employer.
Registered training centres having their own/rented building, infrastructure and training facilities are eligible for refund of 50% of the cost on purchase of new multimedia equipment. The support covers, amongst others, purchase of equipment such as a photocopier, LCD projector, computer and licensed software, overhead projector, scanner, and such other equipment as approved by HRDC.
Registered training centres can claim 50% of training expenses up to a ceiling of Rs 200,000 per week for a maximum period of 2 weeks in the event that they bring in foreign resource persons to conduct training in scarcity or priority areas in Mauritius.
HRDC refunds 50% of the cost of an economy air fare up to a maximum of Rs 30,000 per trainee for an approved course for a maximum period of 2 weeks. All refund falls within the grant ceiling of the Employer. The number of trainees who will benefit from the scheme is as follows:
The proposed eligibility for grant refund are as follows:
In each of the above cases, the number of trainees per batch can be unlimited but should not be less than 10 trainees.
The Pre Operational Training Incentive scheme is a programme under which an advance is offered as incentive to attract investment in emerging sectors which require a relatively high level of initial skills. Under this scheme, HRDC provides an advance equivalent to 50% of the estimated qualifying training costs during the first year of operation of firms which are in the process of being set up.
To qualify for such a scheme:
The POTI scheme is applicable for the ICT/BPO sector only for the time being.
Human Resource Development Council (HRDC)
4th Floor, NG Tower, Cybercity, Ebène, Republic of Mauritius
Tel: (230) 454 4009 – Fax: (230) 454 6220
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