Apr 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka and Germany have collaborated to provide vocational training to the people in the Northern Province to enhance vocational skills training and employment opportunities for them.
Sri Lanka's Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development has recently signed a Memoranda of Understanding (Mou) with two non-state vocational training institutes, the Don Bosco Technical Training Center and ORHAN (Organization for the Rehabilitation of Handicapped) to facilitate skills training needs of people in the North.
The program will prepare the people in the North for enrollment in vocational training courses conducted by the fully-fledged Sri Lanka - German Training Institute (SLGTI) in Kilinochchi.
The SLGTI, which is a part of the "Vocational Training in the North" (VTN) initiative, is a collaboration between the governments of Sri Lanka and Germany. It is scheduled to be completed by 2015.
The Institute is expected to enhance vocational skills training and employment opportunities for the 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 Centers (FTCs) identified in the Northern Province will 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. These FTCs currently offer six diploma training programs and four trade courses in line with NVQ Levels 5 and 6.
These satellite centers will be established in Mullaitivu, Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Vavuniya and Mannar Districts.
The German government has agreed to enhance its financial contribution to the project with an additional amount of Euro 4.4 million,
According to the government, over 30 percent of the participants at the trade courses, both in-house and on-the-job training programs, conducted by the FTCs are females.
The Don Bosco Vocational Training Center in Vavuniya currently caters to 100 percent female participation in the trade course on "Information and Communication Technology (ICT)."
At the ORHAN Feeder Training Center, also in Vavuniya, 70 percent of participants are persons with disabilities. The Center 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.
In addition to the above, three new Vocational Training Centers and three Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Centers have been established with the support of World University Services of Canada (WUSC) in Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu and Vavuniya districts to promote vocational education among resettled people.