Matched Training

June 8, 2011 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s state-run vocational school system is seeking closer links with the software and business process outsourcing firms to develop courses to suit the sector. The Vocational Training Authority (VTA), which is overseeing 275 centres which take in 20,000 students a year, said it is signing a deal with the Sri Lanka Association of Software and Service Companies (SLASSCOM) to establish a formal link.

This Friday the VTA and SLASSCOM will have a forum with industry players.

“The forum would mainly focus on filling the mismatch between the supply and demand of manpower with necessary skill sets and the possibility of customizing the courses available in VTA according to the current requirements of the job market,” VTA said in a statement.

VTA said it is expecting heads of IT/BPO firms, and human resources managers to take part, and it wants to hear their views.

The VTA said it wanted to develop courses and syllabuses and provide training that is responsive to the job demand in the country.