Sri Lanka

MoU facilitates skills development in North

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Youth Affairs and Skills Development Ministry signed a Memorandum of Understanding with two non-state vocational training institutes, the Don Bosco Technical Training Centre and Organisation for the Rehabilitation of Handicapped (ORHAN) to facilitate skills training needs of persons in the North and prepare them for enrollment in vocational training courses conducted by the Sri Lanka - German Training Institute (SLGTI) in Killinochchi. The SLGTI scheduled to be completed by 2015, is part of the 'Vocational Training in the North of Sri Lanka' (VTN) initiative, which is a collaboration between the Governments of Sri Lanka and Germany.

It is expected to enhance vocational skills training and employment opportunities for people in the Northern Province, including secondary school leavers, unemployed or underemployed youth, young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and population groups particularly affected by the war, including war widows.

Eight Feeder Training Centres (FTCs) have been identified in the Northern Province to conduct National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) Levels 3 and 4 to prepare students for the more advanced NVQ Level 5 and 6 courses that will be conducted by SLGTI once it becomes fully functional. The FTCs offer six diploma training programs and four trade courses in line with NVQ Levels 5 and 6.

A number of participants at the trade courses conducted by the FTCs are females (more than 30 percent), in both in-house and on-the-job training programs. The Don Bosco Vocational Training Centre in Vavuniya caters to 100 percent female participation in the trade course on Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

At the ORHAN Feeder Training Centre, also in Vavuniya, 70 percent of participants are persons with disabilities. This centre is geared especially to promote training programs for individuals with disabilities with the objective of greater social and economic empowerment of the differently-abled population in these areas.

Three new Vocational Training Centres and three Recognition of Prior Learning Centres have been established with the support of World University Services of Canada in Killinochchi, Mullaitivu and Vavuniya Districts to promote vocational education among the re-settled people.