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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2960

CCI and Skills to train technical personnel engaged in the construction industry

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 27 April, ( Construction Chamber signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Skills International to train technical personnel engaged in the Construction Industry.

Chamber of Construction Industry, the accredited representative of the domestic construction industry has undertaken training of technical personnel for the construction industry in collaboration with Skills International [Pvt] Ltd., which is an implementing partner of City and Guilds to deliver technical training programmes to personnel engaged in the construction industry.

These technical training programmes will be conducted on an island wide basis using infrastructure and resource personnel of technical colleges under the Department of Technical Education and Training. Under these training programmes personnel with minimum educational qualification such as GCE OL will be provided with opportunities to become professional engineers during a short period of four to five years.

The class room training programmes will be conducted during weekends allowing the trainees to be employed with construction companies during week days obtaining much required on the job / practical training.

Chamber of Construction Industry will arrange apprentice agreement with respective construction companies. This is the most cost effective facility available for those who cannot obtain a university education to become professional engineers. The response received from construction companies to provide apprenticeships, practical training and employment opportunities have been extremely encouraging while large number of young people has shown interest in following these career development paths.

This is another initiative of the Construction Chamber to mitigate shortage of trained and competent personnel in the Construction industry. The Construction Chamber (CCI) has already established three craftsmen training centres in association with Bioforce Development Agency of France.

The Chamber intends establishing one more centre in the District of Kalutara and another in Weeraketiya in the Hambantota District in collaboration with Southern Development Authority and supported by Suntel Relief Trust Fund. Chamber will also enter into a collaborative arrangement with Industrial Development Authority of Western Province to train Construction Craftsmen in the Colombo District. The prioritized attention of the Construction Chamber is focused on enhancing capacities and competitiveness of the domestic construction industry.

Meanwhile CEO of the Skills international Danesh Abeyawickrama said the Skills would provide quality training to fill these vacancies and provide opportunities to obtain services of the right people for the local construction giants.
He said his institution also plans to introduce technical degree programme with the assistance of UK based university. Mr.Dakshitha Talgodapitiya and Skills’s CEO signed the MOU.

- Asian Tribune -

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