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Vocational Training Centre opens in Kaithady with the support of the German Government

Hon. Mahinda Samarasinghe (Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training),
Dr. Michael Dohmen (Charge de affair – Embassy of Germany for Sri Lanka and the Maldives),
and Hon. Reginald Cooray (Governor-Northern Province) unveil a plaque
at the inauguration of the vocational training centre in Kaithady, Jaffna.

 The Vocational Training Authority of Sri Lanka (VTA) announced the inauguration of its vocational
training centre in Kaithady, Jaffna, on 4th March 2016. The
Vocational Training in the North and East of Sri Lanka (VTN) Project is a bilateral cooperation between the
Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Federal Republic of Germany.
The project is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale
Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (German
Development Bank – KfW) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic
Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The Sri Lankan governmental partner is the Ministry of Skills
Development and Vocational Training.

Vice Chairman VTA (Mr. Sugath Handunge- Attorney at law) addresses the gathering, joined by board members of the VTA, Chairman-VTA (Major General Gamini Hettiarachchi), Additional GA-Jaffna (Mr. Senthilnanathanan), Senior Advisor-GIZ-VTN (Mrs. Kumudhini Rosa), Additional Secretary-Ministry (Mrs. Nailanthi Sugadhadhasa), Governor-NP (Hon. Reginald Cooray), Minister-Ministry of Skill Development and Vocational Training (Hon. Mahinda Samarasinghe), Charge de Affair-Embassy of Germany for Sri Lanka and the Maldives (Dr. Michael-Dohmen), Member of Parliament-(Hon. Angajan Ramanathan), Director General-VTA (Mrs. Chulanagani Perera)
Vice Chairman VTA (Mr. Sugath Handunge- Attorney at law) addresses the gathering,
 joined by board members of the VTA, Chairman-VTA (Major General Gamini Hettiarachchi),
Additional GA-Jaffna (Mr. Senthilnanathanan), Senior Advisor-GIZ-VTN (Mrs. Kumudhini Rosa),
Additional Secretary-Ministry (Mrs. Nailanthi Sugadhadhasa),
Governor-NP (Hon. Reginald Cooray), Minister-Ministry of Skill Development and
Vocational Training (Hon. Mahinda Samarasinghe),
Charge de Affair-Embassy of Germany for Sri Lanka and the Maldives (Dr. Michael-Dohmen),
Member of Parliament-(Hon. Angajan Ramanathan),
 Director General-VTA (Mrs. Chulanagani Perera)
The VTA
Kaithady centre is among 14 planned satellite centres that will support the Sri
Lankan – German Training Institute (SLGTI), the project’s flagship training
institute, currently under construction in Killinochchi, is due to be opened in
July 2016. Located alongside the A-9 Road in Kaithady in the Jaffna district, the
Centre comes under the Vocational Training Authority (VTA) and has been renovated
and equipped by KfW
on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and
Development (BMZ).  The
inauguration ceremony which was held at the Kaithady Vocational Training Centre
was graced by Hon. Mahinda Samarasinghe MP, Minister of Skills Development and
Vocational Training, Dr. Michael Dohmen
– Charge de Affair –
German Embassy in Sri Lanka, Hon. Reginald Cooray – Governor, Northern Province, Major
General Gamini Hettiarachchi, Chairman – Vocational Training Authority (VTA) and
Ms. Kumudhini Rosa, Senior Advisor – GIZ VTN Project.
The GIZ VTN Project
is designed to improve demand-oriented vocational education and training in the
North and East of Sri Lanka. The curriculum includes training in Automobile
Technology as well as courses for Three Wheeler Mechanics, Industrial
Electricians, Welders, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanics and in ICT with
a special focus on English language learning and caters for up to 150 students at
the centre. In addition to such technical skills, the programmes also include social
integration, gender awareness and the development of soft skills which will be
integral aspects of the training process on offer.
German
government support enabled the Kaithady centre to be completely re-constructed
and fitted with the latest equipment necessary for the training courses that
will be conducted there. An automobile workshop was established at the centre
in order to help students to receive training in the latest technology in this
field.
The Kaithady
centre is a state-of-the-art training institute set up to equip youth in the
North and East with the skills they need to compete in the labour market. It seeks
to ensure that marginalized groups such as war widows and persons with
disabilities will have access to the vocational training on offer. Trainees who
complete NVQ Level 3 and Level 4 in the respective technical programmes
conducted at the VTA Kaithady training centre will be eligible to join the Sri
Lankan – German Training Institute (SLGTI) in Kilinochchi which will open its
doors on 15th July 2016 for vocational education students following
courses up to NVQ Level 4, 5 and 6.

Germany has
been developing the vocational training sector in Sri Lanka for over 50 years through
bilateral collaboration that supports vocational training courses throughout
the island. 

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