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Hon. Minister Chandima Weerakkody
Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training

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The Vocational Training Authority of Sri Lanka (VTA) was established in 1995 with the principal intention of providing skills to the rural masses of the country and, in particular, to enhance the employability of rural youth. The Authority, which falls under my purview as the Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training, has come a long way since its inception and is today the largest Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) provider in the government sector. I am pleased to note that annually approximately 30,000 youth are being trained through a network of 242 centres islandwide. The establishment of vocational training centers in rural areas has been beneficial in two ways. Namely providing greater access and opportunity for rural youth to enable them to engage in their preferred trade in their hometowns and also to fulfill the requirement of skilled personnel needed by industries located in rural areas. I am a firm believer in quality over quantity. The skilled workforce produced should be industry oriented and employable. To this end, the country’s TVET sector should maintain a close rapport with industry. One way forward is initiating Private Public partnerships to make our efforts fruitful. With the larger objective of enhancing employability in mind, I have taken a series of policy decisions to increase the quality of the training given in the TVET sector, thereby making the trainees’ acquired skills more marketable. I have made the teaching English and soft skills compulsory for all students in the TVET sector. I have also directed that all students of the VTA must be given information technology training to keep them abreast of modern technological advancements of technology. These initiatives are aimed at making our trainees more readily employable. In line with the Government’s policy objectives, I am committed to contribute towards creating 1,000,000 employment opportunities within the next 5 years. In that connection, the VTA has a very big role to play in uplifting the national economy by producing an industry oriented, readily marketable and quality skilled workforce. It is my earnest expectation that the VTA will be able to continue their commitment to assist the economic development of the country through the development of a skilled workforce, especially in rural areas, thereby also addressing issues relation to poverty alleviation and minimizing regional income disparities in the country.

Hon.Karunarathna Paranawitha
Deputy Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training

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With the recent increase of skilled employment opportunities abroad, and the developments in industries such as construction, the preference of youth to look into themselves as trained and qualified individuals has grown substantially. With the acceptance of vocational training in most fields of employment, the youth have been looking to qualify themselves in their fields of interest and in large contribute to the labour strength of this country. To address this great need the Vocational Training Authority of Sri Lanka was established under the Sri Lanka Vocational Training Authority Act No. 12 of 1995 and since then have contributed immensely in giving training to rural youth through a cluster of national level training Institutions comprising of 07 National Vocational Training Institutions, 26 District Vocational Training Centres and with 245 Vocational Training Centres. Vocational Training Authority (VTA) of Sri Lanka being under the Ministry of Skills Development and Vocational Training is entrusted with the main focus of giving vocational training to youth through vocational training programs, and to assist them in acquiring a recognised qualification. This will support them in obtaining employment as they are awarded the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ). Additionally VTA conducts research and development programs on vocational training, career guidance and counselling; where their focus and responsibility lies in strengthening the training arm through trainer programs in order to carry out Vocational Training Programs effectively and efficiently. Entrepreneurship plays a major role in Sri Lanka's economic development and VTA plays a large role in promoting entrepreneurship amongst our youth. While working in partnership with other Government agencies, private organizations, local and international NGO’s VTA looks to improve and shape the way it should work in order to achieve the overall vocational training objectives of the Government. VTA has clearly identified the younger generation as an asset to the country and will work to ensure that they become an asset to this country and play a strong role to shape the future of this country. Join the Vocational Training Authority of Sri Lanka and equip yourself with the skills and training needed to gain a competitive edge in the global environment.

Eng. (Dr). Lionel Pinto
Chairman, Vocational Training Authority of Sri Lanka

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Welcome to the Vocational Training Authority of Sri Lanka (VTA), the premier institute in providing Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the government sector. Established under the Vocational Training Authority Act No.12 of 1995, VTA has been functioning for the last 20 years and has contributed extensively to the national economy. Each year VTA produces nearly 30000 youth empowering them with vocational skills for employability & entrepreneurship. Since its inception, VTA has provided skill training for about 475,000 youth throughout the island. VTA comprises of 245 centres, consisting of 07 National Vocational Training Institutes (NVTI), 22 District Vocational Training Centres (DVTC), and 216 other Vocational Training Centres established at Divisional Secretariats level. Altogether VTA covers 18 trades and conducts 79 courses consisting of 2178 programmes. Durations of these courses range from 45 days to 2 years. The Vocational Training Authority is dedicated to make vocational training more accessible to youth of the country and make them more skilled and employable locally and internationally. Our aim is to produce a globally competitive, industry specific, quality workforce by setting the highest standards in our services and facilities by focusing on global employability trends and developing competencies in individuals through modern methods and technologies in vocational training and education. After recognizing the needs of the market, we are planning to introduce English and soft skills as well, to all the trainees in VTA making them competent in non-technical skills such as communication, problem solving, teamwork and personal attributes such as adaptability, resilience, enthusiasm and openness to innovative ideas to produce a set of self-confident skilled employees. Furthermore all students of VTA centres will be given IT training to keep them abreast with the advancement of technology and thereby to make them more knowledgeable and employable.

Mr.Thilak Kariyawasam
Vice Chairman, Vocational Training Authority of Sri Lanka

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Mrs. Chulangani Perera
Director General, Vocational Training Authority of Sri Lanka

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Welcome to the Vocational Training Authority of Sri Lanka (VTA) the largest government Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) provider with the aim of prepare well rounded human resources to the global work force. Annually, more than thirty thousand youth enroll for eighty four trade sectors in its two hundred and fifty two training centers spread - out the country. VTA is the first flexible TVET provider to the nation. The VTA has been growing rapidly in terms of quality, recognition, activities, number of courses, student intake, staff, outreach and research during the recent several years. It inspires more students and industry day by day. VTA has its special characters. We offer high quality technical and vocational education through National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ) standards to generate globally competitive, industry specific, quality workforce which drive our country towards a glorious future. Further, we train youth to develop skills, knowledge, wisdom and leadership and we contribute to shun traditions and positive thinking by making disciplines of students. We also provide competencies and skills through diligence and knowledge of ICT, languages, entrepreneur skills and people skills. That is what we believe in that "the greater we can make, the greater its contribution to the well-being of the world you and I live". So, we invite you to become students of VTA.


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