Certified Workers

Sri Lankans heading east to Malaysia for work will need a Malaysian Employment Trainee certificate from February 2006 to qualify for visas. Sri Lankans heading east to Malaysia for work will need a Malaysian Employment Trainee certificate from February 2006 to qualify for visas. Under the labour sourcing agreement signed between the two governments recently, some 600 Sri Lankans have already left the island to take up posts as construction and factory workers.

A certificate from following the one day familiarisation programme will be compulsory from February, says Additional Director General H Batagoda.

Already three training centres have been authorised to issue the certification, including the state run Vocational Training Institute.

Batagoda says Sri Lankan’s were opting for construction work which paid an average Malaysian 30 Ringgits (Appx Rs. 810) a day against Malaysian 18.50 Ringgits (Appx Rs. 500) for factory workers.

Sri Lanka will also try to customise training for the Middle East from 2006, under a programme aimed at raining worker wages.

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