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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2523

CCI offers opportunities to become an Engineer while being in employment

Sunil C. Perera, Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 19 March, (Asiantribune.com): The shortage of suitably qualified technical personnel for middle level management grades is an acute problem in the construction industry and at the same time young school leavers are reluctant to join the industry due to lack of opportunities in the industry to progress in their chosen career.

To find a solution to this twin problem, Chamber of Construction Industry Sri Lanka (CCI) in association with Skills International Private Ltd who are the City & Guilds implementing partner, who has now designed an Industry Based Training program to prepare students for internationally recognized City &Guilds qualifications, said CCI’s Chief Executive Officer Dakshitha Talgodapitiya.

He said the CCI training program is designed to produce qualified technical personnel at various levels of project management while giving them a clear career development path in Civil Engineering. A student with the basic entry qualification would be guided through series of theory and practical courses up to a level of a qualified engineer making it possible for a young school leaver to follow a career in civil engineering without going to a University.

The CCI will endeavour to find practical training places to those who cannot find on their own. The CCI offers two streams of practical training for the student and the employer to select.

1 Employment without obligation providing provision for either party to terminate employment

2 The trainee to enter into a article/apprenticeship agreement for a period of 4 years with the employer giving the employee a guarantee of continued employment and long term commitment from the employee (Special apprentice scheme)

However for all courses students are expected to pay their own admission fees, course fees and examination fees. Wherever the employers are so inclined they could pay the fees and bond the apprentice for a desired period.

CCI was founded by the following Institutes and Associations of Construction Professionals to be the apex body of the Domestic Construction Industry:

Sri Lanka Institute of Architects
Institute of Valuers
Association of Consulting Engineers
Institute of Town Planners
Institute of Quantity Surveyors of Sri Lanka
Surveyors Institute of Sri Lanka
National Construction Association of Sri Lanka
Insurance Association of Sri Lanka

The Chamber is the accredited representative of the Construction Industry and its corporate membership comprises of Statutory Authorities, Architectural/Engineering Consultants, Construction Contractors, and Manufacturers & Suppliers of construction Inputs and Service Providers.

Its membership from the public sector consists of Statutory Authorities such as The Board of Investment of Sri Lanka, Roads Development Authority, National Housing Development Authority, Mahaweli Authority and all Agencies engaged in Construction relates activities, he said.

City & Guilds is the UK’s leading provider of Vocational Qualifications offering over 500 awards across a wide range of industries and progressing from entry level to the highest level of professional achievement. City &Guilds is recognized by employers worldwide for providing qualifications that offer proof of the skills they need to get the job done.

The Industry Based courses provide training on theory and practice to the levels expected of the certificate awarded, while the person is employed in a position suitable for his level of training. The student will be working during the week while attending the classes conducted on Saturday and Sunday. However the aspects of his work during week days will also be assessed and results will be taken into account at the final examination.

The training is offered at three academic levels namely The Technician Certificate, Diploma and the Advance Diploma.

All three programs are mixture of theory and practice. Some aspects of the practical training will be carried out at the training centre under the supervision of the tutors but the student is expected to get more exposure to the subjects covered in class at the work place.

The minimum entry requirements are GCE ‘O’level with pass in English, Mathematic and Science, but the course will also be open to those with higher levels of education or for any person already in employment in the construction industry and posses the minimum entry requirements.

Those who are completing Diploma and Advance Diploma levels successfully and who are having at least two years relevant industrial experience after the advance diploma are entitled to receive the City Guilds. Full Technological Diploma will be given on an assessment based on their experience in Industry. This qualification is accepted worldwide for professional higher technicians and management levels.

Those who join the CCI Special apprentice scheme will have their industrial training monitored by CCI in association with City &Guilds and the employer to ensure that the training given meet the requirement specified for the City & Guilds Full Technological Diploma.

With the Advance Diploma several UK Universities admits students for the second year of the B.Sc. (Engineering) course. It is also possible to study privately for the Part II of the Engineering Council Examination which is considered an equal qualification to B.Sc. (Eng.)

With the above qualification and the required training any Engineer can sit for the final examination required to become a Corporate Member of the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka or The Institution of Civil Engineers (UK) (Chartered Engineer), Mr.Talgodapitiya explained..

- Asian Tribune -

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