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Vocational Training centre for Polonnaruwa

Gemco International B.V. Managing Director Jan Willed Kooistra and Ministry Secretary V.Sivagnanasothy sign the agreement.
Gemco International B.V. Managing Director Jan Willed Kooistra and Ministry Secretary V.Sivagnanasothy sign the agreement.

The National Policies, Economic Affairs, Resettlement and Rehabilitation, Northern Province Development, Vocational Training and Skills Development and Youth Affairs Ministry has signed a commercial agreement with Gemco International B.V. Netherlands on February 21 at the Vocational Training and Skills Development Cluster of the Ministry at Nipunatha Piyasa, Elvitigala Mawatha, Narahenpita, Colombo 5.

Under the agreement, a National Vocational Training Institute will be set up in Polonnaruwa at a cost of €42 million. Of which, €35 million will be funded under foreign loan assistance and €7 million will be funded by the local funds.

The National Vocational Training Institute in Polonnaruwa will be set up under the Vocational Training Authority (VTA) of the Ministry, and it includes a training and capacity building, training materials, marketing plan, and learning material development, Ministry Secretary V. Sivagnanasothy said.

The agreement was signed by Jan Willed Kooistra, Managing Director, Gemco International B.V. and V.Sivagnanasothy, Ministry Secretary in the presence of Deputy Minister Karunarathna Paranawithana, Joanne Doornewaard, Ambassador, Kingdom of Netherlands, Hans Docter, Head of Mission, DRIVE, Government of the Netherlands, other dignitaries and senior Government officials.

The courses offered will meet the international standards and cater to the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) by providing opportunities to ensure 100 per cent employment for the youth. The National Vocational Training Institute in Polonnaruwa is proposed a centre of excellence for the following five trade areas and the courses provided will cover Construction, Electro-mechanical, Automotive, Hospitality and Tourism, andAgriculture along with an Innovation Centre.

There will be five dedicated schools which will provide technical, vocational and trade related courses to meet the local and international labour market requirements. At the initial stage, the Institute will enroll students from the Polonnaruwa District and its adjacent regions with an annual intake of over 1,000 students. The total number of students will be over 1,500, V. Sivagnanasothy said.

The construction is expected to be carried out by the Gemco International B.V. of the Netherlands and the financing will be offered by Rabobank, and concessionary financing arrangements will be offered through Development Related Infrastructure Investment Vehicle (DRIVE) progmamme of the Government of Netherlands. The programme will commence after the signing of financing/financial agreement by the Department of External Resources of the Government of Sri Lanka and the project is proposed to be implemented as a Turnkey project with 3-years implementation period and 1-year operation period subject to finalisation of the financing agreement.

Once the project is operational, it will invariably support to address the youth unemployment in the area and provide jobs to cater to the demands of the private sector.


 

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