EFC’s HR-IR Forum explores roadmap to increase female labour in private sector

Views - 23 Wednesday, 19 September 2018 00:00

‘The roadmap to increase the female labour force participation in the private sector of Sri Lanka,’ compiled by the Taskforce for the National Human Resources Development Council (NHRDC) of Sri Lanka, was presented at the recently held HR-IR Foru

Senior Govt. officials’ Training of Trainers program a collaborative effort of JICA and SLIDA

Views - 5 Wednesday, 19 September 2018 00:00

Training of Trainers (TOT) programs were conducted for Senior Government Officials nominated from six Provincial Councils (Western, North Western, Central, Uva, Southern, and Sabaragamuwa Provinces) in the new Auditorium of the Sri Lanka Institute of

IPM expands horizons

Views - 9 Tuesday, 18 September 2018 00:00

IPM Sri Lanka, the nation’s leader in human resource management, has intensified its range of training, development and consultancy services in the area of strategic human resource management targeting private and public sector organisations to add

Suren Rajakarier appointed ACCA Sri Lanka Member Network Panel Chairman

Views - 41 Tuesday, 18 September 2018 00:00

KPMG Sri Lanka Partner, Audit Head, and People, Learning and Development Head Suren Rajakarier, was appointed as the ACCA Sri Lanka Member Network Panel Chairman for the year 2018/ 2019, at the ACCA Annual General Meeting held recently at the JAIC Hi

Hayleys Plantations declared winners of Great HR Practices at IPM National HR Conference 2018

Views - 20 Friday, 14 September 2018 00:00

Extending a remarkable legacy in employee empowerment, Sri Lanka’s most innovative plantation sector achieved another remarkable milestone as Hayleys Plantations was declared winners of Great HR Practices at the Institute of Personnel Management (I

OPA: Empowering lives of Sri Lankans through career guidance and skills development

Views - 8 Friday, 14 September 2018 00:00

By Eng. Shantha Senarath The Organisation of Professional Association (OPA) of Sri Lanka is the apex body of professionals presently belonging to, 50 member associations catering to 32 disciplines with a total membership of over 50,000. The OPA activ

Manel Rajkumar of Araliya wins WCICSL Silver award

Views - 3 Friday, 14 September 2018 00:00

Manel Rajkumar of D&R Exports (Araliya Products) won the Silver award in the Large Scale Enterprises Category at the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2018 ceremony organised by the Women’s Chamber of Industry and Commerce Sri Lanka. Rajkumar,

HR in Sri Lanka gets a global HR qualification from USA

Views - 14 Thursday, 13 September 2018 00:00

ALEXANDRIA, Va.: The Intercontinental Institute of Human Resource Management (IIHRM) and the International Public Management Association for Human Resources based in the USA have partnered to deliver the Developing Competencies for HR Success trainin

NHRDC ‘Rakiya Aruna’ program successfully concluded

Views - 27 Thursday, 13 September 2018 00:00

The National Human Resources Development Council of Sri Lanka held its popular ‘Rakiya Aruna’ program recently with the aim of assisting G.C.E. O/L and A/L school leavers identify vocational training opportunities and change their attitude toward

The science of thought engineering: Retrain the brain

Views - 9 Thursday, 13 September 2018 00:00

Thought Engineering (TE) helps individuals to redesign their own thinking patterns in the mind to maximise their creative skills. Real life thought engineering is in many ways different from educational (physical) engineering, because it deals with t

Leading industry experts to guide business managers

Views - 37 Tuesday, 11 September 2018 00:00

Acclivity Training announces that an eminent panel of speakers is coming together to provide guidance to managers and aspiring managers on business skills that are essential for the day-to-day running of an organisation. The program covers a wide ran

HNB kicks off first-ever Walk-The-Talk challenge

Views - 206 Tuesday, 11 September 2018 00:00

In a bid to reduce its carbon footprint, employees of Sri Lanka’s premier private sector bank, HNB PLC attached to HNB Head Office left their vehicles at home – instead choosing eco-friendlier commuting options – as part of the bank’s inaugur

Bank of Ceylon conferred 3 awards for HR excellence

Views - 13 Tuesday, 11 September 2018 00:00

The Bank of Ceylon was once again recognised for its HR excellence at a series of awards ceremonies (through three wards). It was recognised as one of Asia’s Best Employer Brands for 2018, as one of Sri Lanka’s best employers brands and was also

Developing next generation skills in an era of disruption: Are Sri Lankan HR managers doing enough?

Views - 21 Tuesday, 11 September 2018 00:00

By Aubrey Joachim Alongside the many global issues that abound – geo-political, socio-economic, technological innovation, etc. is another elephant in the room; the increasing skills shortage in an era of constant disruption. This is certainly a maj

LSEG Technology’s Vidumini Ranasinghe awarded Professional and Career Women Award

Views - 18 Thursday, 6 September 2018 00:00

The Top 50 Professional and Career Women Awards 2018 presented by Women in Management (WIM) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group was held in Colombo recently. The Professional and Career Women Awards aim t

Unilever and Vocational Training Authority embark on mission to empower Agarapathana youth

Views - 91 Thursday, 6 September 2018 00:00

Unilever Sri Lanka and the Vocational Training Authority of Sri Lanka (VTA) unveiled a vocational training centre in the town of Agarapathana recently. The launch ceremony was attended by over 150 people including VTA Chairman Ravi Jayawardana, Ceyte

Siam City Cement (Lanka) appoints Rizmy Rishard as Independent Director to Board

Views - 20 Tuesday, 4 September 2018 00:00

Siam City Cement (Lanka) Ltd., Sri Lanka’s foremost cement manufacturer of INSEE Sanstha Cement, has announced the appointment of Rizmy Rishard as an Independent Director, to its Board, effective from July 2018. He brings with him extensive experi

Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation 2018 awarded to Prof. Kamala Liyanage

Views - 9 Tuesday, 4 September 2018 00:00

The Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation was awarded to Professor Emerita Kamala Liyanage of University of Peradeniya by Kenichi Suganuma, Ambassador of Japan to Sri Lanka, at a special ceremony held on 31 August at Earl’s Regent Hotel in Kan

Special recognition award to Kumarasinghe from Netherlands

Views - 9 Tuesday, 4 September 2018 00:00

PUM Netherlands Representative in Sri Lanka S.P.C. Kumarasinghe received a special award from PUM Netherlands Senior Experts for 25 years of service excellence and dedication in assisting over 600 SMEs in Sri Lanka. PUM Netherlands Senior Experts is

Deepal Sooriyaarachchi to share his experiences of ‘Living Together’

Views - 80 Tuesday, 4 September 2018 00:00

Multi-faceted corporate personality Deepal Sooriyaarachchi invites our attention to a very relevant subject by sharing his experiences spanning two decades. That is the question of ‘Living Together’, of course with people from different belief sy

University of Colombo Alumni Association supports internship placements of Department of Economics

Views - 8 Monday, 3 September 2018 00:00

Just one month after the Alumni Association entered into a collaboration partnership with the Department of Economics of the University of Colombo to support its final year internship program, the collaboration has now secured over 100 internship opp

Virtusa and Unilever inspire 5th batch of summer interns

Views - 204 Monday, 3 September 2018 00:00

Virtusa and Unilever Sri Lanka in partnership with Great Place to Work Sri Lanka recently concluded the 5th annual International Summer Program (ISP).

Practical training helps chartered accountants become competent professionals: CA Sri Lanka VP

Views - 100 Monday, 3 September 2018 00:00

The importance of the practical training component of the CA Sri Lanka Chartered Accountancy curriculum was highlighted recently by the Institute’s Vice President Manil Jayesinghe who emphasised that the training helped professionals acquire import

PwC’s Academy Masterclass on Strategy Execution in Emerging Markets with Prof. Susan Lynch

Views - 27 Friday, 31 August 2018 00:10

Every company has big and bold growth ambitions in any given economic condition. Senior executives are tasked to craft growth plans to cater to the demands of stake holders, hence they focus on creating the most optimistic corporate plan for their co

SriLankan Airlines launches Employee Assistance Centre to provide guidance for staff

Views - 18 Friday, 31 August 2018 00:10

SriLankan Airlines achieved yet another milestone in Sri Lanka’s corporate sector when it became the first organisation in the country to launch an Employee Assistance Centre (EAC), which offers professional guidance and counselling for employees t

Upgrading customer service through NLP techniques

Views - 19 Wednesday, 29 August 2018 00:00

Customer relations is the most upgraded passport to enter the hearts of clients, which impacts in a higher degree of satisfaction,

John Kotter’s thought leader programs launched for the first time in SL

Views - 192 Wednesday, 29 August 2018 00:00

Surmount Ventures collaborating with Arohan Talent Solutions recently launched a series of workshops based on business

Astron MD/Chairperson Marise Deckker selected Best Woman Corporate Leader 2018

Views - 23 Tuesday, 28 August 2018 00:00

Women in Management (WIM) in partnership with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) a member of the World Bank Group selected Marise Deckker as the Gold Award recipient for the Best Woman Corporate Leader of the Year at the ‘Top 50 Profession

INSEE upgrades managers with advanced course in strategic management through Glo-Bus simulation

Views - 345 Tuesday, 28 August 2018 00:00

Ensuring that the INSEE team is well equipped to face the dynamic and challenging business environment is an ongoing endeavour for Sri Lanka’s leading manufacturer of cement. INSEE Cement, Sri Lanka recently started an Advance Course in Strategic M

Ashani Jaysinghe-Dabare wins ‘Women Leadership Excellence Award’ at Sri Lanka Best Employer Brands

Views - 20 Tuesday, 28 August 2018 00:00

The World HRD Congress – an organisation connecting senior front-runners in HR and leadership to share best practices recently awarded the ‘Women Leadership Excellence Award’ at Sri Lanka Best Employer Brand Awards 2018. The awards celebrate em

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Accessibility at buildings and places – Indispensable need to enjoy civil rights

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Have you not yet realised that the chances are now very high that at any stage or any moment in life, for a short time or for a long time, for different reasons, you or your loved ones could experience physical and/or sensory impediments, and fall in

Over-tourism: The new buzz word in tourism

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Periodically the tourism industry is in the habit of coming up with some interesting name to describe a new emerging trend or situation in the industry. Sometimes the phenomena is not new, but has become relevant and topical enough to ‘package’ a

Depreciation of the rupee and Sri Lanka’s dilemma

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

The rupee depreciated by Rs. 29 from 2005 to 2014 and the average year-on-year depreciation of the Sri Lankan rupee was 2.8% per year. Official foreign reserves increased from $ 2.7 billion to $ 8.2 billion over the same period. In stark contrast, th

Laurels of ‘Living Together’: Refreshing reflections

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

It was a memorable evening with a mega gathering for a meaningfully different reason. It was not just another book launch with ego-boosting speeches about the author. It was also not an event where a popular politician coming late and preaching about

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