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* Number of Sri Lankan housemaids migrating overseas significantly reduced
Thu, Aug 7, 2014, 12:05 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 07, Colombo: The number of Sri Lankan housemaids migrating overseas has been reduced from 44 percent to 33 percent this year, the Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development Dullas Alahapperuma said.

According to the skills development process of the country the number of skilled workforce who went abroad this year however has increased, the Minister noted.

Addressing the media at the National Apprentice and Industrial Training Authority (NAITA) on Tuesday (August 05), the Minister has said that around 10 percent of the Sri Lankan population lives in foreign countries for employment purposes but nearly 65 percent of them are unskilled workers.

"This work force including both skilled and unskilled workers sends about US$ 6 billion to the country. We are planning to increase it to US$ seven billion by the end of this year," Alahapperuma said.

Sri Lankan labor authorities say although the unskilled workers have brought in billions of rupees as foreign revenue, the migration of housemaids has caused social problems.

Under the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) system any skilled worker will be able to enter the vocational qualification framework by showing their skills.

The Minister noted that although the total number of masons in Sri Lanka is over 400,000 only about 3,000 to 4,000 have entered the national skills pool and hence the loss to the local and international job market.

The NAITA has partnered with Holcim Lanka to launch Nipunatha Abhisheka, a special social welfare program to produce 500 certified construction professionals, through the granting of a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ), the Minister said.

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