In keeping with the theme of the National Education Conference for teachers week which took place from 3rd and 4th October 2016 at ICCS on 'Transforming Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Seychelles: Building Skills for Work and Life' the Minister for Education, Mrs. Maczusy Mondon, and Captain Ajith Peiris, President of Colombo International Nautical and Engineering College (CINEC) renewed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Ministry of Education and CINEC, for another three years, during a short signing ceremony on Wednesday 5th October.
The ceremony was attended by chairperson of the Seychelles Maritime Academy (SMA) governing board, Mr. Conrad Benoiton and senior management officers of the Ministry of Education.
The initial MOU was signed with CINEC on 30th August 2013 and gives CINEC the mandate to provide leadership to the Seychelles Maritime Academy (SMA) (ex-Maritime Training Centre) and also makes provision for CINEC to appoint a President and Vice President who form part of a board of managers consisting of the Assistant Director of SMA and also representatives of Seychelles Coast Guard, Ports Authority, Petroleum Company, Seychelles Fishing Authority and Seychelles Tourism Academy.
Under this MOU the Ministry of Education has to ensure the following:
Provision of salary, accommodation, transport to CINEC Director
Market and enroll maximum students on the training programmes offered at SMA
Provision for employment and placement for students on ships for trainees
Sponsor the visits of CINEC Directors to SMA for board meetings
Funding of course materials, consultancy services and training of trainers
For its part CINEC has to ensure the following:
Appoint a CEO/Director to manage SMA
Provide course materials and updates on IMO related courses
Assist SMA to participate at maritime education and training through launching certification for ratings and officers
Introduce and conduct new training programmes maintaining the international standards and IMO requirements to SMA students
Identify and deliver training programmes for Ports Authority, Coast Guard, Fishing Authority, Tourism Sector, Petroleum Company
Train SMA lecturers
Assist SMA to maintain its Quality Management System and its IMO White List status
Mr. Benoiton said that Seypec has recruited 50 students over the three year period of the MOU which is a great achievement. On his part Captain Peiris reaffirmed the commitment of CINEC to continue to provide the leadership and more IMO certified training prgramme.