TVET Specialist – Colombo – World University Service of Canada

Advancing Specialized Skills for Economic Transformation (ASSET) is a multi-year vocational training reform project, launched in 2014 and continuing until 2019. Sri Lanka has set ambitious economic growth targets. The country’s economic performance is dependent on a supply of well-trained Sri Lankans to work in its key economic drivers – tourism & hospitality, construction, information technology and automotive industries.

The ASSET project supports Sri Lanka’s economic development plan through improving linkages between private sector, government and training providers. ASSET links the human resource needs of growing businesses to those individuals wanting to enter the workforce but lacking the appropriate skills. The project connects unemployed youth to training for existing jobs. Technical assistance interventions ensure training meets private sector needs and standards. In order to improve public perceptions concerning skilled trades, a social marketing and communications campaign will be conducted both regionally and nationally.

In 2016, WUSC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Skills Development and Vocational Training (MSDVT) which would enable greater integration with ASSET and the government’s Skills Sector Development Program. The Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission (TVEC) is one of the institutions that falls under MSDVT and is responsible for the TVET system. ASSET will work closely with TVEC is to support strengthening the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) system, conducting capacity development exercises and support the work of the newly established Sector Skills Councils most immediately related to Hospitality and Tourism.

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