Development News from Sri Lanka: The first hi-tech vocational training center was launched on September 18 in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka. In Ariya Nagar, Kilinochchi, US$ 7.6 million worth of new building for the first moment provides Northern youth high-tech NVQ classes such as IT, electronics and automotive mechanics.
“We would like to thank the German people and the office of GIZ Sri Lanka for this assistance. The Stassen Group, headed by Chairman Harry Jayawardana, has donated modern machinery valued at Rs. 350 million. The project demonstrates the close relationship and partnership between industry and the TVET sector, “said Minister Rishad Bathiudeen of Industry, Trade, Resettlement of Protracted Displaced Persons, Cooperative Development, Skills Development & Vocational Training.
Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera, Country Director of GIZ Sri Lanka Christiane Einfeldt, German Ambassador to Sri Lanka Joern Rohde and National Apprentice and Industrial Training Authority (NAITA) representatives attended. The hi-tech TVET training center in North is also Sri Lanka’s second National Vocational Training Center set up with German government assistance.
It fills the gap of a Northern and Eastern Provinces domestic vocational training institute. KNLVTC is established under Minister Bathiudeen in cooperation with NAITA. The project was spent on US$ 7.67 million (SL Rs 1.3 billion). The financial assistance was given by the German KWF Bank. On June 17, 2016, President Maithripala Sirisena proclaimed the Sri Lankan German Training Institute (SLGTI) to be opened. SLGTI is the only NVQ-level 5 and 6 courses conducted by NAITA.
“Although the center is in Killinochchi, the students studying here are from the northern and eastern provinces as well as other districts in the country. The Institute’s structure is multi-disciplinary and multi-ethnic. We thank the individuals of Germany and the office of GIZ Sri Lanka for this assistance. It demonstrates the industry and TVET sector’s close relationship and partnership, “added Minister Bathiudeen.
The campus extends over 15 acres and consists of contemporary laboratories, libraries, computer centres, lecture halls and student hostels, and the construction of a new 400-student hostel complex will quickly start with the help of the Skills Sector Development Project (SSDP) at a price of Rs 400 million.
The gift of the machinery on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to KNLVTC is the consequence of the partnership agreement between the Stassen Group and GIZ.