Indian Ocean Tuna (IOT) Ltd opened its doors yesterday for locals to have a glimpse of the different job opportunities within its factory.
The general public as well as students from various technical and post secondary institutions visited the exhibition and had the opportunity to do a factory tour also.
Human resource manager Helda Port-Louis noted that currently IOT has 2,200 employees with only 30% Seychellois.
“Some three years back our work force represented at least 40-50 % of locals. IOT has done several initiatives for local people to join the business. In consultation with the ministry of labour, they have proposed new initiatives that IOT can do and this open day is one of them,” she said.
She said there is a perception within the population that IOT is only a fish production company.
“We have various departments and we are currently looking for aircon & ventilation technicians, electrical engineer, Seamer mechanic, mechanical technician, crane operator, electrical technician, electro mechanical technician, electrical motor rewinder, Plc technician, Autocad technician and welders. In the fishmeal department we are looking for bagger/operator; in the production unit we are looking for loins feeder/patcher, loins monitor, packers & casers, fish cleaners, loader/unloader, scanning operator, rackpusher/dumper, fish racker and butcher,” she elaborated.
She added that the other departments are looking for forklift driver, freezer controller, depal attendant, stuffer/de-stuffer and a cook.
Touring the exhibitions, the public learned of various schemes and benefits available for employees to supplement their salaries. Among the benefits are monthly performance related bonus (G1 to G5 employees); yearly performance bonus for managers; bus pass subsidised 50% by the company; compensation payment after every five years of service; free uniforms and personal protective equipment (PPE); free medical consultation & medications at IOT’s private clinic.
There are also newly established staff loan schemes that include medical treatment of children, spouse or known concubine, parents (mother, father or guardian), brother and sister; other medical expenses e.g. spectacles; death in the family: children, spouse or known concubine, parents (mother, father or guardian), brother and sister; educational needs for children, brother or sister; purchase of new essential household items; renovation of existing house and expenses due to damages incurred following recognised natural disaster or house fire.
The HR manager noted that the requests are at the discretion of the HR manager and general manager. However employee requesting for staff loan will have to comply with the criteria stipulated by the management.
Every year the employees also take part in various activities such as sports day organised for all employees on labour day; end of year staff party; children’s staff party; long service award; and the employee of the quarter and supervisor of the quarter.
Source : Seychelles NATION