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CITREC FACILITATES SOLOMON ISLANDS MINISTERIAL VISIT

(L-R) His Excellency Collin Beck, Solomon Islands High Commissioner to Canada, His Honour Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, Honourable Steven Point, Solomon Islands Minister for Foreign Affairs Hon. Peter Agovaka, CITREC CEO Ashwant Dwivedi and Solomon Islands Minister for Education,Hon. Dick Ha’amori during official lunch  fucntion at the Government House. The lunch was hosted by Government House in honour of the Solomon Islands delegations visit to British Columbia.

Office of Prime Minister, Honiara: The Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade Hon Peter Shanel Agovaka and the Minister for Education and Human Resources Hon Dick Ha’amori completed a weeklong visit to Canada in partnership with CITREC last week.

The Ministers introduced Solomon Islands and followed up with the three Canadian Provinces, namely British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan on Labour, Trade, Education and Tourism Opportunities.

The delegation met and spoke with potential buyers of Cassava and Taro in British Columbia, held discussion with Canadian Federal Food Inspection Authority and met with educational institutions and the provincial tourism Bureau.

The delegation also explored labour markets in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Discussions were held with various Provincial Governments Ministers and authorities. Offers of long term arrangements were heard of which the Government is looking into the details in partnership with CITREC.

The visit was considered a success with visits now being planned by the Canadian Private sector to the country by potential buyers and more talks in country.

The two Ministers are expected to hold a press conference in Honiara on Friday 9th March, 2011.

The Ministers are pleased to return last Friday after touring in sub zero temperatures.

The temperature in Alberta was minus twenty-nine degrees Celsius and in Saskatchewan was below forty-one degrees Celsius.

http://www.pmc.gov.sb/content/solomon-islands-ministerial-delegation-concludes-canada-visit

Canadian Tertiary Interest for Mauritian students

20 Nov, 2010

The interest of young people to study in the field of Business Administration is bound to a variety of factors: accessibility of education, career opportunities, image of a manager in the company. Most recently, the Mauritius Institute of Training and Development, the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST) and the Canadian International Training and Education Corp. (CITREC) signed an agreement to provide educational opportunities for Mauritians who wish to engage in chain Business Administration.
While visiting the island, Richard Wagman, Head of Business Administration Program, reports that “40 Mauritian students have enrolled to date,” adding that “we hope to attract 300 in the years to come.”

“Students wishing to continue their studies through SIAST will have the opportunity to do so, since we signed an agreement with the MITD and CITREC and SIAST,” said Richard Wagman. “We guarantee that as soon as graduates, students can apply for permanent residence permits and work in the province of Saskatchewan.”

The Head of Business Administration Program said that the courses are offered in Business Administration full time and part-time, and USD 1 500 1 400 USD annually respectively. It was in August 2011 that the first group of students will receive their diplomas.

Richard Wagman said that there are eleven lecturers at Knowledged Based Training Centre (formerly BAT), Port Louis. He reassured that they are all “highly qualified”. The Business Administration Program Richard Wagman said that institutions of higher education in Canada will soon offer other courses of study for Mauritian students.
Source: lematinal.com

Incentives Announced for Mauritian Students

10 Sep, 2010

Students taking the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST) Business Administration diploma at the Mauritius Institute of Training and Development (MITD) have opportunities to continue their studies in Canada. After graduating in Canada, international SIAST graduates may immediately apply for permanent residence to live and work in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan continues to grow and prosper, and opportunities for graduates remain very bright. Through Saskatchewan’s Immigrant Nominee Program, international students who have graduated from an eligible post-secondary institution now immediately qualify to apply for fast-track permanent residency in Canada. Saskatchewan is proud to be the only province in Canada to offer this unique opportunity.

“SIAST provides access to a wide variety of academic and skills training options that ensure our students are well-prepared for the workplace or further study,” said Dr. Bob McCulloch, SIAST president and CEO. “Many of our programs are linked with degree programs. Graduates with both a diploma and a degree benefit from the strengths of multiple institutions while furthering their credentials.”

In addition to the opportunity to live and work in Saskatchewan, graduates of eligible programs from post-secondary institutions who choose to live in Saskatchewan are eligible for a refundable tax credit rebate of up to $20,000 in tuition fees over seven years. This means that graduates of SIAST’s diploma program in Mauritius, who are living and working in Saskatchewan, would be eligible for this program.

Last year, the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST) of Canada signed a partnership agreement with the Mauritius Institute of Training and Development (MITD), formerly known as IVTB, and with the Canadian International Training & Education Corp (CITREC) to provide diploma courses in Business Administration. The program currently has 24 students enrolled on a full-time or part-time basis.

“The joint initiative between CITREC, MITD and SIAST to deliver quality educational programming abroad is a unique public/private initiative that will open the doors of discovery for international students, and show them the possibilities to be found in Saskatchewan,” said CITREC CEO Ashwant Dwivedi.

Mr. Dwivedi said the program is a unique opportunity for Mauritians, “By enrolling in SIAST’s program in Mauritius you are not only obtaining a world- recognized diploma, but you are also gaining the chance to study, work, and live in Saskatchewan, Canada.”

MITD Chairman Ashvin Ramdin welcomed the opportunity for MITD students.

“The very fact that CITREC and SIAST are providing these potential new international opportunities to MITD students is in itself recognition of the professionalism of MITD and its quest in making people globally employable. It is equally a blessing for this triangular partnership which was signed between MITD, CITREC and SIAST. We will pursue this venture further and in this context, MITD has started talks with CITREC and SIAST to look into other educational possibilities,” Mr. Ramdin said.

For more information about SIAST’s diploma program, visit IVTB.mu and Citrec. For more information about immigrating to Saskatchewan, Canada visit immigration.gov.sk.ca.

Saskatchewan’s Tourism is Continually Growing

10 Aug, 2010

Saskatchewan’s tourism sector is continually growing and expanding. Ours is a dynamic industry with many opportunities for career advancement, professional development, and personal achievement.

Here we provide you with a snapshot of Saskatchewan’s tourism sector.

  • Saskatchewan’s tourism sector employs about 57,000 people – with about 20,000 supported entirely by tourism.
  • Travelers spent an estimated $1.634 billion in Saskatchewan in 2009, an increase of 2.9% over 2008.
  • There were over 8.9 million same-day and overnight or longer visits made within the province in 2009, an increase of 5.5% over 2008. Saskatchewan residents accounted for most of these increases. Our residents made more than three million overnight or longer trips in the province last year, an increase of 9% over 2008.
  • Saskatchewan also saw an increase of 13% in visits from the United States. It is believed that this increase was a result of the new direct flights from Chicago and Denver bringing in more visitors. United States entries by road continued to decline in 2009.
  • There was a decrease in both visits and expenditures from Alberta in 2009 as the Alberta economy contracted for the first time in a number of years. Overnight or longer visits to Saskatchewan by Albertans decreased 6% and their expenditures decreased 28% from 2008 levels. The recession in 2009 had a negative impact on travel by Albertans.
  • There was also a decrease in visits from Manitoba and other parts of Canada in 2009.

Source: STEC

Invest, work, study in Canada, Mauritians told

02 Apr, 2010

The immigration system of Canada is geared towards attracting skilled workers who will be able to contribute to the economy of the country. Therefore, there are more chances for handymen to secure employment than professional workers, says Adele Dion, the High Commissioner of Canada to South Africa with accreditation to Mauritius.

“Canada already has professional workers. Yet there is still a strong demand for qualified personnel to work in the Canadian economy as there are skill shortages in many sectors. Mauritians, being bilingual, have better chances than on other nationalities since Canada is also a bilingual country,” she says.

She warns that Mauritians should be prepared to work flexibly and have to be committed to advancing Canada’s dynamic economy. She points out that migrant workers have to adapt to the Canadian work culture to be able to stay there.

“Immigration to Canada has no fixed criteria and each province has its own criteria. Skilled workers are selected as permanent residents based on their education, work experience, knowledge of English and/or French, and other criteria that have been shown to help them become economically established in Canada. Under the Canada-Quebec Accord on Immigration, Quebec establishes its own immigration requirements and selects

immigrants who will adapt well to living in Quebec.

If you are a temporary foreign worker or a foreign student who graduated in Canada, you often have the qualities to make a successful transition from temporary to permanent residence; as you would be familiar with Canadian society and can contribute to the Canadian economy. Applying to stay in Canada can be done under the Canadian Experience Class,” says Adele.

“If a person applies to go to Quebec as a skilled worker, they must first follow a separate selection process before their application is finalised by Citizenship and Immigration. If a foreigner wishes to invest in Canada, the Business Immigration Program will be their point of call.

Canada seeks to attract experienced business people who will support the development of a strong and prosperous Canadian economy. Business immigrants are expected to make a C$400,000 investment or to own and manage businesses in Canada,” she says.
She adds that Canada has three classes of business immigrants: investors, entrepreneurs and self-employed persons.

“Persons who emigrate to Canada under the Provincial Nominee Program have the skills, education and work experience needed to make an immediate economic contribution to the province or territory that nominates them. They are ready to establish themselves successfully as permanent residents in Canada,” she adds.

Source: Defimedia.info

Le Canada offre des perspectives d’emploi aux étudiants du MITD

23 Mar, 2010

L’herbe serait-elle plus verte ailleurs ? En tout le cas, certains étudiants du Mauritius Institute of Training and Development (MITD), ex-IVTB auront l’occasion de se rendre au Canada bientôt, pour y mettre en pratique tout ce qu’ils ont appris après avoir complété leurs cours au MITD.C’est d’ailleurs dans cette perspective qu’une délégation de trois personnes dirigée par Eric Johansen, séjournera à Maurice du 22 au 26 mars, afin de recruter des étudiants du MITD pour être employés au Canada.

Arvind Boolell, ministre des Affaires étrangères, a eu une rencontre avec les délégués lundi et a exprimé sa satisfaction de la sollicitude du gouvernement canadien et du MITD. “Cest une nouvelle porte qui s’ouvre pour les Mauriciens, afin qu’ils puissent y mettre en valeur leurs talents. Cette immigration vers le Canada n’est d’ailleurs pas réservée qu’aux hommes. Les filles aussi auront la possibilité de se rendre à l’étranger pour donner le meilleur d’elles-mêmes”, a déclaré le ministre.

D’autre part, ce dernier a aussi tenu à souligner que, grâce à un Community Residence Base, les parents des étudiants auront aussi la possibilité de s’établir au Canada et y trouver un emploi.

L’objectif de ce déplacement à Maurice, a expliqué Eric Johansen, directeur de ‘Policy and Program Planning for Immigration Services Division in the ministry of Advanced Education, Employment and Labour’ du gouvernement Saskatchewan “est de recruter des mauriciens pour travailler au Saskatchewan, d’autant que nous sommes en manque de ressources humaines. Nous allons donc prendre en charge toutes les démarches d’immigration des Mauriciens choisis afin qu’ils n’aient aucun souci et puissent se sentir à l’aise au Canada. D’ailleurs, l’an dernier, nous avons reçu un groupe de 250 Mauriciens, venus montrer leur savoir-faire”.

Ashwin Ramdin, Chairman du MITD, a, d’un autre point de vue, déclaré que le but du MITD est de former des Mauriciens dans les domaines de la plomberie, de l’électricité, de l’hôtellerie, du marketing, entre autres, afin qu’ils aient une chance de se faire engager par des firmes étrangères.

Ashwin Ramdin a également fait ressortir que depuis de nombreuses années, l’ex-IVTB, maintenant plus connu comme le MITD, a toujours eu une relation bilatérale cordiale avec le gouvernement canadien.

Roland Dubois, directeur du MITD, a formulé le souhait que des liens entre les gouvernements mauricien et canadien se maintiennent, dans le long terme.

Il a aussi assuré que “nous réussissons, depuis 1988 dans notre rôle de former des jeunes afin qu’ils puissent s’épanouir dans leurs carrières. Nous améliorons nos cours et travaillons avec des professionnels pour toujours mieux encadrer des Mauriciens pour qu’ils puissent s’émanciper et gérer un jour une entreprise”, a-t-il finalement ajouté.

Training Overseas

24 Feb, 2010

STEC is partnering with the Canadian International Training & Education Corporation (CITREC) to assist foreign nationals across the world access tourism and hospitality courses and training in their home countries.

This follows a partnership with the Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council (CTHRC) that will allow the international community to access emerit training and to obtain an Occupational Knowledge Certificate in a classroom setting.


In January 2010, two individuals in the STEC Training Department, Diane Cohoon and Jan Rodda, travelled overseas to Manila, Philippines to train 11 facilitators at the Magsaysay Institute of Hospitality and Culinary Arts (MIHCA). The training was divided into three parts.

Part I
The first part of the training included the delivery of the Facilitator Skills Development Workshop, which is designed to build a solid foundation of knowledge and skills for those who deliver presentations to adults. This is a requisite workshop for anyone interested in delivering STEC training programs as a facilitator.

Part II
The second part of the training was an introduction to the 14 National Occupational Standards that MIHCA purchased as a result of its partnership with the CTHRC to access emerit training resources. Each of the 11 facilitators was required to develop a mock training session based on one of the Canadian standards below purchased by MIHCA.

  • Bartender
  • Banquet Server
  • Event Coordinator
  • Event Manager
  • Food and Beverage Manager
  • Food and Beverage Server
  • Front Desk Agent
  • Housekeeping Room Attendant
  • In-Room Dining Server
  • Kitchen Helper
  • Line Cook
  • Reservation Sales Agent
  • Sales Manager
  • Supervisor

Part III
The third part of the training included an introduction to Serve It Right Saskatchewan and Service Best, which the facilitators will deliver to their trainees in Manila.

The partnership between STEC and CITREC is facilitating a process that is not only making Canadian standards more accessible to foreign countries, but also is allowing STEC to become the source of standards-based training in the Philippines.

This success is made possible by CITREC, which promotes Canadian education and training in foreign countries by partnering with Canadian public organizations, professional designation granting bodies, and credible institutions like STEC overseas.

Other Saskatchewan partnerships CITREC has entered into include an agreement with the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology to offer Canadian education to the citizens of Mauritius and the Southern African Development Community, which consists of 15 member countries.

Le Defi Media Group: Canadian Business Diploma on Offer

18 Feb, 2010

Mauritian students in the pursuit of higher education are spoilt for choice by the wide range of study programmes that are now being offered in the country. One of these is the Business Administration Diploma Programme offered by SIAST in collaboration with MITD.

Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology, SIAST, of Canada has signed a partnership with the Mauritius Institute of Training and Development, MITD, (ex-IVTB) to provide diploma courses in Business Administration. Launched last year, the programme has currently 24 students taking the course either on a full time or part time basis.

The next intake has been scheduled for April and to explain the programme to the aspiring students about SIAST, Bob McCulloch, President and CEO of SIAST and David Harvey, SIAST Director of Business Development & International Partnership were in Mauritius last week. They also explained the advantages of taking the course in Mauritius.

“Whatever career path you choose, it will surely involve some aspects of business. Studying business prepares you to work in administration, accounting, banking, human resources, and assists those who wish to operate their own business. It is also an excellent preparation for further studies,” says McCulloch.
He adds that a SIAST Business Administration diploma is a passport to the global workforce.

“Being a graduate of the SIAST Business Administration diploma programme will provide numerous opportunities such as further study at a Canadian University to successfully read for a Canadian degree and the potential to work in your country and abroad,” he explains.

Harvey explains that having a diploma from SIAST will be much easier for those who wish to pursue their studies in any institution in Canada.

“The course is exactly the same, and once the course is over, the students will get the same certificate as those following the course in SIAST in Canada. There will be no difference,” adds Harvey.
The courses in Mauritius are being offered by Mauritian lecturers at the Knowledge Based Training Centre of MITD in Port Louis.

Reshmee Kaleeka, local representative and Programme Coordinator, explains: “Before recruiting any lecturer, their curriculum vitae were sent to Canada for the SIAST board to approve it.

“Once the programme was launched, we have received several visits from SIAST to ensure that the programme has been well-implemented and that the couse is up to the level and standard of SIAST.”
She adds that the course consists of four semesters and includes 35 hours of classes per week.

“The course is offered three times during weekdays and on Saturdays. After the 7th week of the course, there is a mid-term exams and seven weeks later, that is on week 14, there are the final examinations. There are also term works and projects that the students will have to submit. The course as well as the exam papers are prepared by SIAST and are then sent to Mauritius. The correction is done here and then sent back for a double check by SIAST. The students need to get 60% to pass.”

During their visit, McCulloch and Harvey also hosted a talk on the “Canadian Education and skills training system and the importance of global education.”

“The purpose of our visit is to get a feedback from the cohort of 24 students who are already following the course and we have got a positive response. We intend to provide further courses in partnership with MITD and most probably a course in Hospitality will follow,” says McCulloch.

Ashvin Ramdin, Chairman of MITD, says several financial aids are being offered to help those who want to enrol in the programme.

He says: “The person has the choice to pay the fees in one or more ininstallments. We have an agreement with banks for such payments and soon the MITD will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Employees Welfare Federation to help in the finance, that is they will be able to take loans from the EWF to finance their Business Administration Diploma offered at KBTC by SIAST Canada.”

About SIAST
Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology, SIAST, is located in the province of Saskatchewan in Canada. It is the primary public institution for post-secondary technical education and skills training of the Canadian province. SIAST is recognized nationally and internationally for its expertise in developing and delivering career-oriented programming.

SIAST offers 159 programmes in a variety of high-demand fields and provides training to apprentices in almost 30 trades. It offers courses in other countries like Vietnam (Business Administration) and India (Engineering).

Saskatchewan covers an area of around 650 000 square kilometres but has a population of only one million. Over the years, the population of unskilled workers has changed from 87.5% to 35% thanks to the foundation of SIAST which has provided professional courses and enhanced the standard of living of the inhabitants.

SIAST has currently a student population of 120%, that is an excess of students on its campus. Hence, the need to offer courses outside the campus has been a necessary step for the institution.

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Canadian business diploma in Mauritius

05 Feb, 2010

Mauritian students in the pursuit of higher education are spoilt for choice by the wide range of study programmes that are now being offered in the country. One of these is the Business Administration Diploma Programme offered by SIAST in collaboration with MITD.

Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology, SIAST, of Canada has signed a partnership with the Mauritius Institute of Training and Development, MITD, (ex-IVTB) to provide diploma courses in Business Administration. Launched last year, the programme has currently 24 students taking the course either on a full time or part time basis.

The next intake has been scheduled for April and to explain the programme to the aspiring students about SIAST, Bob McCulloch, President and CEO of SIAST and David Harvey, SIAST Director of Business Development & International Partnership were in Mauritius last week. They also explained the advantages of taking the course in Mauritius.

“Whatever career path you choose, it will surely involve some aspects of business. Studying business prepares you to work in administration, accounting, banking, human resources, and assists those who wish to operate their own business. It is also an excellent preparation for further studies,” says McCulloch. He adds that a SIAST Business Administration diploma is a passport to the global workforce.

“Being a graduate of the SIAST Business Administration diploma programme will provide numerous opportunities such as further study at a Canadian University to successfully read for a Canadian degree and the potential to work in your country and abroad,” he explains.

Harvey explains that having a diploma from SIAST will be much easier for those who wish to pursue their studies in any institution in Canada.

“The course is exactly the same, and once the course is over, the students will get the same certificate as those following the course in SIAST in Canada. There will be no difference,” adds Harvey.
The courses in Mauritius are being offered by Mauritian lecturers at the Knowledge Based Training Centre of MITD in Port Louis.

Reshmee Kaleeka, local representative and Programme Coordinator, explains: “Before recruiting any lecturer, their curriculum vitae were sent to Canada for the SIAST board to approve it.

“Once the programme was launched, we have received several visits from SIAST to ensure that the programme has been well-implemented and that the couse is up to the level and standard of SIAST.”

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CITREC Partners with Magsaysay in the Philippines

04 Dec, 2009

CITREC has entered into a partnership agreement in the Philippines that will see Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council (CTHRC) emerit qualification and certification delivered in a classroom setting.

In a ceremony held in Manila at the newly-opened Robert’s Hall CITREC President Ashwant Dwivedi and Magsaysay Chief Operating officer Marlon Rono signed the agreement. This agreement will allow Magsaysay in partnership with CITREC to offer Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council (CTHRC) programs in a classroom setting.

Magsaysay Institute of Hospitality and Culinary Arts (MIHCA) is an affiliate of the Magsaysay Group of Companies, a prime mover in the shipping industry for sixty years. MIHCA offers globally competitive training programs for aspiring professionals in the fields of Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry, Food and Beverage Service, Housekeeping, Barista, Flairtending and Bartending providing them endless opportunities to launch their careers in these dynamic industries.

CITREC CEO Mr. Dwivedi said that the partnership with Magsaysay will allow Filipino nationals to gain a Canadian Tourism and Hospitality related Occupational Knowledge Certificate in their home countries.

“These courses represent the broad spectrum of tourism careers available today. The standards are national guidelines that assist tourism professionals in acquiring the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary to achieve excellence.

CITREC Provincial partner Saskatchewan Tourism Education Council (STEC) will be awarding Hospitality and Tourism certification to those students who have successfully completed and met the requirements of the emerit programs.

The ceremony was attended by officials of the Canadian embassy, tourism and hospital sector members from Philippines and the Chief Executive Officer of the Saskatchewan Tourism Education Council Ms Carol Lumb.

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