CIEL Textile signs a MoU with the University of Mauritius | Ciel Textile Website
CIEL Textile and the University of Mauritius have concluded a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for privileged collaboration in research and professional training. The signing ceremony was held on Wednesday, May 3, at the Réduit campus. This MoU will enable CIEL Textile to be supported by academic teams in its reflections on the challenges of the industry and students to have easier access to the job market.
Investing in the young talent of the country
Eric Dorchies, CEO of CIEL Textile, is delighted with the initiative. "This agreement, which reinforces existing links between our two parties, will allow graduates from the University of Mauritius to discover the various career opportunities offered by the textile industry. At CIEL Textile, we want to invest in the young talent of the country and give them the means to become the leaders of tomorrow. We have put in place a solid support strategy to this end. This allows us to identify high-potential professionals while fully achieving our sustainable development and social responsibility objectives. We also believe that a real synergy with the university can promote innovation by facilitating the transfer of research results to the industry," he said.
According to Professor Sanjeev Sobhee, Vice-Chancellor of the University, this type of partnership is an excellent opportunity for students to quickly put into practice the knowledge acquired in the context of their studies. "When they have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the realities of the working world, our young people are better prepared. This privileged relationship that we are establishing with CIEL Textile will also allow us to have a better understanding of the needs of the industry. One of the university's responsibilities is to support the transformation of our economic sectors. By partnering with companies such as CIEL Textile, we can better fulfill this mission and put our research expertise at the service of the development of a flagship industry in our country," he said.
This agreement provides for the involvement of CIEL Textile leaders in activities organized by the university for its students, whether it be conferences, career days, or occasional interventions in lecture halls. These opportunities for sharing experiences will enrich their knowledge of the profession and expose them to the latest trends in the sector. Students will also be invited to attend seminars and workshops organized by the company. They will also have the opportunity to participate in mutually beneficial research projects, particularly those aimed at promoting sustainable development goals in the textile industry.
An important aspect of this agreement is the placement of interns
Present in four countries, CIEL Textile has the opportunity to offer its employees internships abroad. For young recruits, the company has created the International Graduate Program, which has already proven successful in Madagascar and India, where the group has partnered with leading universities. Every year, around twenty students from these institutions are recruited for a two-year internship and are accompanied by mentors throughout their journey. It is thanks to this program that some former students from India's excellent National Institute of Fashion and Technology now hold managerial roles in CIEL Textile factories.
"The fashion and apparel sector has regained all its vigor after the pandemic. It is an industry of the future," adds Eric Dorchies. "To support our growth, we need recruits in production jobs, including engineering, but also in support functions, marketing, digital, human resources, data, operational excellence, finance, social responsibility, etc. Whatever the profession, a young person who joins the industry with a positive mindset comes with a disposition to learn, and that is what we are looking for."
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