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ADB will help develop more highly skilled workers in Sri Lanka through a new US$20 million loan to improve technical education and vocational training (TEVT) in the country. ADB will help develop more highly skilled workers in Sri Lanka through a new US$20 million loan to improve technical education and vocational training (TEVT) in the country. Building on the results of the ADB-assisted Skills Development Project, the current initiative will raise the quality, relevance, and sustainability of the programs for technicians and technologists by developing standards, upgrading selected colleges, and boosting the capacity of TEVT teachers and personnel.

This is expected to help boost the supply of Sri Lankan technicians, skilled workers, and mid-level professionals, which is falling short of both local and international demand, an ADB statement Tuesday said.

It will also reduce unemployment, especially among educated youth, which remains high despite a large gap between supply and demand.

“A large number of graduates lack the skills needed for jobs or self-employment. But these youths could be employed in industry if they were trained in relevant technical and voc