June 12, 2020
The Government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to train a workforce of 100,000 people from low income families to be employed in permanent government employments, today, at the Skills Development, Employment and Labour Relations Ministry in Narahenpita.
The National Apprentice and Industrial Training Authority (NAITA), Department of Multi-Purpose Development Task Force (MPDTF) and the Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission (TEVC) have entered into the MoU to provide skill development training on ‘Industrial Based Apprenticeship Training’ for males and females who are in the age between 18 to 45 years and from low income families.
The project, implemented under the guidance of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and with coordination of Skills Development, Employment and Labour Relations Minister Dinesh Gunawardene aims at providing job opportunities in the government sector to persons with minimum education qualification.
Prior to giving appointments, the beneficiaries are given six-month training in the fields of health, environment, industry, agriculture and security including two weeks of personality development programme under the MoU which envisioned to attain ‘Sustainable and Exclusive Strategy Goals’ that is steered by the DMPDTF to create a Sri Lanka free of poverty, according to the visionary conception of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. They will be awarded level 3 National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) certificate at the end of the training.
The project will benefit this segment in the society as regular wage earners, and the country which would be advantaged by their labour and practical expertise, according to the strategy envisioned.
Minister Dinesh Gunawardene, Employment and Labour Relations Ministry Secretary Sarath Abeygunawardene, Director General MPDTF Maj. Gen. (Retd) Nanda Mallawarachchi, Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne, Chairman NAITA Nalin Gamlath and Director General TVEC Janaka Jayalath were also present at the event.