World Skills Competition :
Shot in the arm for SL's vocational field
The Vocational Training Authority (VTA) is tying up with World Skills
International (WSI) to participate in the World Skills Competition that
provides a platform for comparison of world class competency standards
in the industrial sector, VTA chairman Dhammika Hewapathirana said.
Participating in a discussion held with the Heads of WSI and City and
Guilds Organization at the Youth Affairs and Skills Development Ministry
recently, Hewapathirana said that World Skills International is a unique
international membership organization with a mission to raise the status
and standards of vocational skills and training worldwide.
"The main activity of this is organizing the world skills competition
in a membership country. City and Guilds is supporting the government
and World Skills International towards this tie-up that is intended to
develop skill competencies in the vocational field in Sri Lanka," he
"Improving the relevance and quality of vocational education and
training, supporting and preparing youths for the local and
international labour market and reducing youth unemployment are key
focus areas in Sri Lanka. The restoration of peace in Sri Lanka after 25
years of civil strife, has given rise to rapid development in a free
market economy and provides many challenges to modernize vocational
education that imparts trade skills in demand, as well as to change the
attitude of the public towards vocational education itself,"
"Instilling the pride in trade skills is a key element that needs to
be enhanced to ensure that young people are attracted to this vital
sector. This is a big challenge for a small country which will have
exponential growth especially in construction, hospitality and
engineering fields in the coming years," the chairman said.
World Skills president Simon Bartley and City and Guilds director
general Chris Jones handed over the document and discussed the way
forward for the partnership.
The VTA will organize a skills championship in Sri Lanka. The winner
will have an opportunity to represent Sri Lanka at the World Skills
Summit to be held in soon.
"World Skills International has members in 56 countries.
Participation in the skills competitions organized by WSI makes it
possible to evaluate the competitiveness of the current vocational
education system in Sri Lanka on a global scale and provides impulses
for improving the curriculum and delivery methods of vocational
training. Successful participation of young Sri Lankans in World Skills
competitions will make vocational training more attractive and increases
the motivation of VTA students to work harder at leaning their chosen
profession," he said.