Marginalised youth can have tremendous impact on national GDP through vocational training

Published : 1:30 am  December 11, 2013  |  Category: Youth / Careers / Higher Education  |  Leave a Comment  |  718 views  |  
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Marginalised men and women in the workplace and society possess tremendous potential to further Sri Lankan society and the country’s economy. Training them in specific skills not only provides them with access out of poverty, but contributes to the growth of the national GDP. The recent PRET OPTIONS Achievements and Lessons Learned Conference organised in Colombo by World University Services of Canada (WUSC) demonstrated this fact. The workshop was the culmination of 24 years of WUSC involvement in Sri Lanka. The event shared lessons learned, good practices, and achievements of WUSC and partner efforts, in support of employment skills training for marginalised men and women across the country. Minister... 

Tharaka makes Cinnamon Lakeside proud at Commonwealth Youth Forum

Published : 1:22 am  December 11, 2013  |  Category: Youth / Careers / Higher Education  |  Leave a Comment  |  3,137 views  |  

Tharaka Appuhamy of the Learning and Development team at Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo yet again proved the calibre of the hotel’s workforce by being the only Sri Lankan to represent the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) at the recently held Commonwealth Youth Forum in Sri Lanka. Tharaka has a long standing history of commitment to humanitarian work and has been an active volunteer at the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society since 2004. His exemplary contribution to the upliftment of the local community gained him recognition from the IFRC, based in Geneva. Thus, he was given the prestigious opportunity of being one of only two representatives of the IFRC at the Commonwealth... 

International Hotel School heralds in the Christmas season

Published : 12:01 am  December 11, 2013  |  Category: Youth / Careers / Higher Education  |  Leave a Comment  |  719 views  |  

Christmas is no fun without the traditional Christmas cake. And making it is no quick and easy task – preparations begin way ahead of time. To mark the birth of Jesus Christ, many institutions in Sri Lanka organise cake-mixing ceremonies to spread the warmth of the festive season. People from different walks of life come together for such ceremonies. The first step towards making the cake is the mixing process, formally called the cake-mixing ceremony. “It is a ritual religiously followed the world over, and is said to be a herald of good tidings and happiness,” says IHS Principal M. Hulangamuwe. Originally a family affair, it is for many years celebrated within many to spread camaraderie... 

Nazaaf Nazar finds placement at Monroe College in New York City

Published : 12:01 am  December 11, 2013  |  Category: Youth / Careers / Higher Education  |  Leave a Comment  |  435 views  |  

Nazaaf Nazar hailing from a well known business family of Gampola and from Gateway International Kandy ( recently became the first student placed by Scholarships For USA (Pvt) Ltd ( at Monroe College in New York City USA ( Prior to departure he was introduced to Prasath Nanayakkara Founder/CEO of Techstrategy Partners (Pvt) Ltd ( ). Nazaaf is a soccer star from the hill capital. He captained the Gateway team from ‘07 and captained the RedSun soccer club of Gampola which won the all island championship in ‘08. Nazaaf plans to major in Business and gain some work experience in New York –... 

Youth should move way from being mere certificate collectors: Dinesh Weerakody

Published : 12:01 am  December 11, 2013  |  Category: Youth / Careers / Higher Education  |  Leave a Comment  |  248 views  |  

Commercial Bank Chairman Dinesh Weerakkody speaking at the University of Kelaniya International Conference on Business and Information 2013 on ‘Human Resource Challenges for Sri Lanka’ said that in the past five years the country has made great strides on many fronts, especially in education. However Sri Lankan universities, due to limited intake capacity, by default only open their doors to the top 5% that sit for the Advanced Level exams. The majority joins the work force. Also around 10% pursue their high-education in foreign universities or their satellite branches in Sri Lanka and enroll into professional qualifications in accounting, finance, management and marketing. These are mainly... 

University of Kelaniya winners of Unilever Challenge – Lipton Talent Hunt

Published : 12:20 am  December 10, 2013  |  Category: Youth / Careers / Higher Education  |  Leave a Comment  |  712 views  |  
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The team from the University of Kelaniya won the recently held Unilever Challenge – Lipton Talent Hunt, an initiative launched by Unilever Sri Lanka towards empowering Sri Lankan youth in business practices and sound business ideas generation. The Lipton Talent Hunt saw an enthusiastic participation from some of the country’s leading private and public universities. “Unilever is committed to investing in young and talented Sri Lankans who form the ranks of future leaders for the country and the corporate world,” said Unilever Sri Lanka Chairman Shazia Syed. “The competition gave them business oriented experiential training and also the opportunity to participate in an internationally... 

WSO2 hosts ‘Open Day’ to celebrate opening of new premises

Published : 12:03 am  December 6, 2013  |  Category: Youth / Careers / Higher Education  |  Leave a Comment  |  657 views  |  
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New office a reflection of vision to become the world’s No. 1 open source middleware provider WSO2 Sri Lanka today hosted officials representing the diplomatic circle, corporate sector, education industry, and the Government sector to an ‘open house’ to showcase its new, state-of-the-art office premises. The prominent glass building, located at No. 20 Palm Grove, Colombo 3, has become a landmark in the city, comprising unique features and facilities that go beyond the norms of Sri Lanka’s corporate culture, and give rise to continuous innovation. “Our vision is to be the world’s No. 1 middleware provider, and to be able to successfully compete in this space, we need to meet certain... 

SLIIT students shine in Tertiary Category at NBQSA 2013

Published : 12:01 am  December 6, 2013  |  Category: Youth / Careers / Higher Education  |  Leave a Comment  |  522 views  |  

Ganindu Nanayakkara, a third year student at SLIIT, clinched the Gold award under the Tertiary Student Category at the recently concluded National Best Quality ICT Awards (NBQSA). This accolade was presented to Ganindu for his innovative ‘iHelmet’ project; a special helmet, with an embedded solution developed to empower ground forces in a battle field. Along with the Gold, the Silver award, under the same category, was also won by a team of final year students studying at SLIIT. With their project titled ‘Panacea’s Jacket’, Pramadhi Attapattu Arachchi, Mithra Mayadunne, Jayaruwan Rupasinghe and Dineth Cooray, were the dynamic team members who won this award for SLIIT. NBQSA is an annual... 

Project to set up language labs in all 9 provinces inaugurated in Gampaha

Published : 12:01 am  December 6, 2013  |  Category: Youth / Careers / Higher Education  |  Leave a Comment  |  574 views  |  

The project to set up nine language laboratories in the nine provinces of Sri Lanka was officially launched at Gampaha by Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa and High Commissioner of India Y.K. Sinha at a function held at Kimbulgoda Maha Vidyalaya in Gampaha on 2 December. Chief Minister of Western Province Prasanna Ranatunga, Dy. Minister of Construction, Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities Lasantha Alagiyawanna, Education Department Secretary S.T. Kodikara and several other senior Government officials participated in the event. The project is being implemented as part of an MoU signed between India and Sri Lanka on 13 September 2011 for ‘Setting up of a Three-Tier... 

ILO partners with EDEX to launch ‘EDEX Job Fair 2014’

Published : 12:02 am  December 4, 2013  |  Category: Youth / Careers / Higher Education  |  1 Comment  |  725 views  |  
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Recognising the important role played by EDEX for the past 10 years to empower aspiring youth in Sri Lanka to be globally competitive and to obtain decent employment by facilitating choices, options and opportunities in world class education and market relevant skills through numerous initiatives, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Colombo will partner with EDEX Expo to launch their inaugural ‘Job Fair’ to be held in January 2014. EDEX will introduce its inaugural job fair on a national scale concurrent with Sri Lanka’s largest education exhibition – EDEX Expo 2014 at BMICH, Colombo with the aim of facilitating decent employment opportunities for youth. Decent work, job-related... 

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