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Africa - ALLPI to help fill skills gap in Mauritius leather industry
02 July 2019

As reported by Leatherbiz, representatives of the Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) have met with important figures at two institutions in Mauritius to discuss the possibility of launching vocational and diploma-level training courses in leather technology.

The ALLPI delegation was led by executive director, Professor Mwinyikione Mwinyihija. It visited the Mauritius Institute of Training and Development, and Polytechnics Mauritius. 

This trip comes after Mauritius launched its leather value chain strategy for 2019-2023 at the start of May. Among the challenges identified was a lack of skilled labour due to the absence of an adequate training facility. 

Following the ALLPI visit, the organisation agreed to share its regionally harmonised curricula in leather technology with the institutions so that they could review it and tailor it specifically to the needs of Mauritius’ leather sector. 

According to ALLPI, the CEO of Polytechnics Mauritius, Yamal Matabudul, said leather technology training programmes could start at his institution within six to eight months.