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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2766

FCCISL hard at providing skilled training in the building construction industry

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Colombo, 27 January, ( dearth of skilled cadre in the building construction industry is very much felt as the estimates according to surveys show that there are more than 40,000 vacancies in this industry in Sri Lanka, while if trained personnel in this industry are available, they could also obtain foreign employment and skilled personnel could earn higher salaries than just labors.

In a bid to help increase these much needed skilled personnel, Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) has now teamed up with Handwerks Kammer Koblenz Germany and the Sri Lanka National Construction Association to train in large numbers in varied skills in the building construction industry. The investment on this training programme is Rs 200 million.

The scheme is branded as “Handwerk Centres (HWC) and the training are to be conducted in three centres. One centre at Kalutara is already in operation and the two other centres will be set up in Galle and Ampara. These centres would take the shape of ‘One-Stop-Shop’ as all activities concerning building construction industry will be trained in them.

HWC will provide different types of course such as short, long and dual training in the fields such as masonry, carpentry, welding, air-conditioning, and plumbing. Electrical wiring and painting. Comprehensive training is guaranteed and tremendous opportunity is offered for those who wish to obtain overseas jobs in these fields.

There are courses for durations of 2 to 4 weeks as well as three year comprehensive courses. They are practically oriented and also the trainees would get a chance of getting trained on modern machinery and equipment used in the construction industry.

The instructors and lecturers for these training courses comprise of local and foreign trainers.

Sri Lankans who wish to get employment in foreign countries have to invariably opt for labor type of jobs as they would be unskilled. Acquiring training on these areas would undoubtedly enhance their employability as skilled-laborers and if they are employed as skilled-laborers they are bound get higher salaries than that of paid to laborers. Further, those working in Sri Lanka, if they get these skills training their emoluments would be enhanced by 40 percent.

- Asian Tribune -

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