Education Ministry has received applications from 7,000 youths for the courses offered under the Special Skills Training Programme.
Project Manager Mohamed Hashim said youths from the islands also applied for the programme, which aims to add 8,500 skilled workers to the workforce. The rate of application shows how eager the nation's youth want to pursue further education, he added.
Courses are offered in fields related to the tourism Industry, with 3,000 job vacancies needed to be filled in the industry. The planned agricultural and fisheries courses have not been announced yet.
Hashim stressed that the biggest challenge is to select the final applicants.
"For example, we've offered a front office management course with 100 seats available for which around 700 people have applied for. It's a gruelling task to select the final batch," he said.
Hashim said that priority would be given to applicants who fill in all entry requirements.
All the students enrolled in the programme will be given an Rf2,000 allowance.
While applications for some courses are more than required, organisers are planning to re-announce application for courses that did not attract much popularity.
Some courses offered under the programme have begun with the remaining courses set to start soon.