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Thursday, 24 January 2002  
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Government - Gazette

Sunday Observer

Budusarana On-line Edition

English courses for those seeking foreign jobs

by Ananda Kannangara

A comprehensive short term English courses for the benefit of Sri Lankans seeking employment in English speaking countries will be implemented in May, 2002 under a special program initiated by Employment and Labour Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe. The Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) will operate the program at their branch offices established countrywide. Under this program not only the spoken English ability of participants but also their writing ability will be improved.

Minister Samarasinghe is of the view that a large number of jobs are currently available for our workers in Western countries and it is the duty of the Government to assist them to seek employment in those countries considering high salaries paid to workers at present.

" We, in the past mainly focused the attention on traditional employment providing countries in the Middle East Region and the same attitude must now be focused on Western as well as other English speaking countries too, Minister Samarasinghe told the Daily News.

He said "In addition, jobs are currently available in countries such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Seychelles and the Maldives with high remuneration packages, offered especially to expatriate workers".

"The vacancies are mostly available not only in houses or family apartments but also in garment factories, shopping complexes, softwear industries and electronic parts manufacturing companies."

Minister Samarasinghe also said " when the vacancies are available, interested parties can apply them through Private job agencies registered with the SLBFE, so that all workers are entitled for numerous welfare facilities granted by the Bureau for migrant workers".

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