Bathiudeen said he has had discussions with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on creating more modern TVET training centres.State Minister Buddhika Pathirana, former President Chandrika Bandaranike Kumaratunge, Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training Karunatilleke Paranavithana, Minister of Transport Arjuna Ranatunga, South Korean Ambassador in Sri Lanka Heon Lee, and the Country Director of Colombo Representative Office of Korea Eximbank Daekyoo Park were present on the ocassion.
The GTC, launched exactly 20 years ago, has been modernised by a US $4.5 mn South Korean loan funding which is part of the second phase of the two stage US $26 mn project (the first stage was the Korea-Sri Lanka National Vocational Training Institute launched on August 21, in Orugodawatte). “We are also planning to set up a fully-fledged Ocean University at a cost of US $ 50 mn. We will be able start work on it in the coming weeks. The Ocean University we have at present is not a fully fledged institution,” said Minister Bathiudeen.
“A Sri Lankan industry study last year showed that 400,000 new jobs will be available in Sri Lanka in the next three years in hotel, tourism and industry sectors. According to a study by the University of Colombo 58% of unfilled vacancies in Sri Lanka are in apparel sector 20% in food industry and 33% in other manufacturing sectors. Therefore the Skills Development and vocational training institutions under my Ministry we are working to address this situation.”