This was done through an open day held yesterday at the Seychelles Institute of Technology (Sit) for secondary three and four (3-4) students. It formed part of the activities organised by the Ministry of Education to mark Careers Week.
The students were able to explore the classrooms, training rooms, laboratories and workshops at the institution, and learn about the programmes on offer along with their entry requirements.
Aside from the students present for the open day, there were also a group of S3 students who had the opportunity to choose a programme of their liking as an attachment during the holidays. They are following these programmes for the whole day like other Sit students to gain firsthand experience, practical skills and knowledge of what goes on at the institute.
Established in 2005, Sit is a technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institution which operates under a mandate to provide technical and occupational training, mainly to secondary school leavers in Seychelles in order to meet manpower needs.
Programmes on offer are from level 3 to level 6, that is, a certificate, advanced certificate, diploma and advanced diploma. At certificate and advanced certificate levels there are carpentry and joinery, electrical installation, electrical and electronics, masonry, mechanical engineering, motor vehicle mechanics, painting and decorating, plumbing, and refrigeration and air conditioning.
Programmes at diploma and advanced diploma are those from City & Guilds International, and these are construction, mechanical and electrical engineering, motor vehicle engineering and telecommunications systems.
Director of Sit, Hubert Barbé, welcomed and briefed the students upon their arrival. He highlighted the main role of Sit, the career opportunities available after Sit, and how they can come to take a decision on their own, rather than following their friends.
“You need to gather as much information as possible, to analyse and do further research after you have received information from the lecturers and students,” he said.
“My key message to you is not to give up your quest after the visit, you should continue and work to reach your target especially to meet criteria needed for the schools entry requirement,” he urged.
He pointed out that students nowadays are least interested in construction and built environment courses which is unfortunate as it is the field where there are more opportunities for them to grow.
Although Mr Barbé was disappointed with the turnout of students, he invites those who are interested in a programme at Sit to let their careers teacher know so that they can liaise with the school to provide training for the students.
He also announced that another dynamic open day will be held in November to commemorate 10 years since its operation, along with the launch of its new website.