Feb 11, Colombo: Anticipating foreign demand for Sri Lanka's skilled labor in future, the North Western Provincial Council has mooted a project to train 2,000 youth in the province in building construction.
The project, set up by a proposal of the North Western Province Chief Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara, will provide training to 2,000 youngsters from both Kurunegala and Puttalam districts.
The North Western PC will provide the trainees with tool kits and vocational training free of charge.
The youth trained in building construction are expected to be employed both locally and internationally in the near future.
This project will be supported by the Skills Development Ministry and the Holcim Lanka Limited Company.
Speaking of the project, the Chief Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara said the Kurunegala district alone has around 35,000 masons and they can earn a lot of money by being employed abroad.
He expressed anticipation that the trained youth will have demand from Japan when that country hosts the Olympics in 2020.
"Sri Lankan masons can be sent there for construction activities if youth of today are properly trained," the Chief Minister said.
He also suggested changing the traditional job title "mason' to "construction technician" in the future.