New Technology Training Scheme (NTTS)

Background

The New Technology Training Scheme (NTTS) has been developed following the Budget 2016/17, where it was announced that ‘the training levy to be used for meeting training costs in the training of staff in new technologies’.

The NTTS aims at assisting enterprises in training employees on the optimal application and use of newly-acquired technology. This scheme will further incentivize enterprises to acquire and absorb technology and subsequently improve their productivity and competitiveness. The NTTS could also be used in conjunction with other Government-funded schemes that support the acquisition of technology.

The HRDC is operationalising the scheme with the collaboration of various stakeholders.

Objectives

  • Assist enterprises in training employees on the optimal application and use of new technology;
  • Contribute towards incentivizing enterprises to acquire and absorb technology and subsequently improve their productivity and competitiveness

Eligibility of applicants

  • A registered legal entity in Mauritius;
  • Evidence of turnover for different eligibilities; and
  • Enterprise contributing to the Training Levy.

Categories for Refund

The HRDC will refund the training costs associated with training of employees on the use of the newly-acquired technology. The refund will be on a cost-sharing basis as per table below:

Type of enterprise

SMEs (Category 1 )

Others (Category 2 )

Turnover bracket to be considered under NTTS

Turnover of
up to Rs 50 million

Turnover from
Rs 50 million and up to Rs 150 million

NTTS refund

80%:20%

80% refund on a cost share basis up to a maximum of

Rs 100,000 per application

50%:50%

50% refund on a cost share basis up to a maximum of Rs 100,000 per application

Conditions to participate in NTTS

  • The new technology acquired should be linked to production.
  • NTTS will not fund costs related to technology acquired for administrative purposes.
  • Enterprises can claim up to Rs100,000 per application;
  • Enterprises can benefit from NTTS only twice per financial year;
  • Applicants must submit a completed application form (NTTS 1) to the HRDC at least two weeks prior to the start of the training, outlining the objectives of the training and demonstrate how the new technology will improve productivity;
  • Training shall be conducted within three months of the commissioning of the new technology; and
  • The application form for refund of training costs should be submitted to the HRDC not later than 2 weeks after the training has been completed (NTTS 2).

Eligible costs under the NTTS

Training costs eligible for refund under the NTTS would include:

  • Trainer fees;
  • Training materials;
  • Economy air ticket and accommodation (in case of foreign trainer).

Processing of applications

All complete applications will be assessed by the NTTS Committee and recommendations communicated to the applicant.

 
NTTS 1: Application form


NTTS 2: Application form for Refund of Training Cost