The Youth Affairs and Skills Development Ministry has prepared a skills sector development plan for the next seven years (2014 - 2020) which will focus on reforming many aspects of the Tertiary and Vocational Education Training (TVET) sector, said Youth Affairs and Skills Development Minister Dullas Alahapperuma.
He was participating as the chief guest at the inauguration of the International Conference on TEVT jointly organised by the Youth Affairs and Skills Development Minister with German co-operation at the Hotel Galadari, Colombo yesterday.
Minister Alahapperuma said the skilled sector development plan will focus on increasing accessibility and relevance and improve the quality of training which eventually meets the aspirations of the youth and skills needs for development of the country. "The Youth Affairs and Skills Development Ministry is dedicated to implement youth development programs to develop youth as future leaders by providing vocational and technical training, developing their entrepreneurial and leadership skills and enhancing their social cultural activities. This is why the present government increased the investment in the TVET sector, " the minister said.
Alahapperuma said under the leadership of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the government has laid the foundation for youth to become employable by introducing technology as a subject for the Advanced Level.
"Social integration, inclusive growth and sustainable development are concepts that are relevant and appropriate in the post war development of the country. We are constantly looking for ways in which we can promote these concepts," he said.
Finance and Planning Deputy Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama, Education Deputy Minister Mohan Lal Grero, German Ambassador for Sri Lanka and Maldives Juergen Morhard, Ministry Secretary B.Wijeratne and Additional Secretary A.R.Deshapriya also participated.