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Vocational training centres for displaced persons in Puttalam

Arrangements are being made to open three Vocational Training Centres (VTC) and a mobile VTC in the District of Puttalam on Sunday July 13.

The Ministry of Vanni Rehabilitation and the Ministry of Tertiary Education and Training have jointly undertaken this project to extend greater emphasis for skilled development programmes and employment generating opportunities to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP), living in the Puttalam District, a news release from the Ministry of Vanni Rehabilitation said.

Vanni Rehabilitation Minister Noordeen Mashoor and Tertiary Education and Training Minister Kabeer Hashim are scheduled to participate at the opening ceremony of these centres on Sunday.

The three VTCs will function at Kalmunaikudi (Alankuda) Kalpitiya and Nagavillu and the mobile VTC at Karambai. Rs. 5 million has been released to meet the capital expenditure including buildings and infrastructure facilities for the centres while the Vocational Training Authority of Sri Lanka (VTA) of the Tertiary Education and Training Ministry will provide training and other training modules and equipment, the release said.

Plans are under way to expand the Nagavillu VTC to the level of a District VTC in order to facilitate more intakes.

Minister Kabeer Hashim will lay the foundation stone for the permanent building for the DVTC. The mobile VTC at Karambai which was functioning with the volunteer assistance, will be brought under VTA as mobile VTC, providing training programme in tailoring for gents. According to the designed programme, training will be conducted in trades and skills including computer literacy, Masonry, welding, electrical wiring, outboat motor mechanism, TV and VCR repairs, tailoring, carpentry and allied areas will be given priority for the youth.

The training programme is envisaged, not only to generate local employment opportunities but also targeting foreign employment on a regular basis.

Minister Noordeen Mashoor will also commission a rural electrification scheme at Al-Manar, which will provide electricity supply to adjoining relocated villages such as Mandalakuda, Mohamadiyapuram and Mihrajpuram in the Puttalam District.

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