The Korea International Cooperation Agency, (KOICA) provided a grant worth four million USD to the Ministry of Skill Development, Vocational Education, Research and Innovation through the Ministry of Education. The Record of Discussion for the project was signed on 3rd December 2021 at the Ministry of Education.
The Country Director of the KOICA Sri Lanka Office, Ms. Kang Youn Hwa, and The Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Prof. K. Kapila C.K Perera, and the Secretary of the Ministry of Skill Development, Vocational Education, Research and Innovation Ms. Deepa Liyanage were in attendance at the Signing Ceremony.
The project objective is to improve youth employment through high quality technical and vocational education and training that meets labour market demands in the construction sector. The project will be implemented by the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Skill Development, Vocational Education, Research and Innovation and is targeted to be completed in 2024.
As the main project components young trainees will be received comprehensive on the job training opportunity in a training environment which benefits them to learn and practice in the construction profession. Through the capacity building component of the project it supports to strengthen capabilities of the TVET trainers to develop, implement and maintain required skills and competencies. In addition the project facilitates to provide learning equipment, tools and consumables for drawing workstations. Workshops will be refurbished with computer aided drawing facilities. This project will be expected to contribute to Technical and Vocational education and training in the construction and industrial sector.
With the successful partnership with Ministry of Education, KOICA has been implementing the project of Establishment of National College of Education and Teacher Training System for Technology Stream which assists establishment of NCOE for Technological Stream and supporting establishing of technological education system that actively responsive to and align with changes in domestic and international market demands. Presently with the partnership of the Department of Technical Education and Training, KOICA is facilitating e volunteering by providing necessary infrastructure development for online platforms in the technical colleges. Continuing the goodwill, the Korean Government has furthered its grant aid towards the capacity building for construction courses in technical colleges under the newly signed Record of Discussion for the new project.
This project facilitates the technical assistance and capacity building of skilled personal in construction sector in order to meet the national requirement and development of construction sector.
At the small ceremony held at the Ministry of Education to sign the Record of Discussion for the project, the Country Director KOICA states “KOICA has had a long-standing partnership with Sri Lankan Government, and we are always looking forward to supporting our partner countries to make sustainable Development. Korea, having made giant steps in the Vocational Training sector over the years, we are always eager to share our expertise and knowledge”.
The secretary, Ministry of Education in his short address expressed their sincere appreciation towards the government of the Republic of Korea for the constant cooperation. He assured the fullest support by the Ministry level to ensure that the project is successfully implemented.