Foreign scholarships from Nature’s Secrets for VTA beauty instructors

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By P. Waruni Nature’s Beauty Creations (NBC) and the Vocational Training Authority (VTA) on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding to offer foreign scholarships to VTA’s beauty instructors. The MoU was signed by NBC Chairman Saman Kumarasinghe and VTA Chairman Colonel Dharshana Rathnayake. NBC, the manufacturer of Nature’s Secrets, is in the forefront of Sri Lanka’s herbal beauty product market. The natural ingredients used in Nature’s Secrets products are grown locally and carefully extracted in Nature’s Beauty Creations high tech laboratories, maintaining ISO and GMP standards, ensuring authenticity, hygiene and freshness. NBC has today branched out into training in a bid to both fulfil a duty of social responsibility and make the dream come true of aspirants in the beauty culture industry. Nature’s Secrets has thus stepped beyond its commercial activities and dedicated time, money and manpower to offer these scholarships at the Chetawan Health School in Thailand. The 11 beauty instructors of the VTA were awarded with scholarship with the distinguished participation of Youth Affairs and Skilled Development Minister Dullas Alahapperuma, Chairman of Nature’s Secrets Samantha Kumarasinghe and other representatives of the relevant field. Considering this move as one of social responsibility is heart-warming but on a practical note, these scholarships will offer a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to the beauty industry the world over. In keeping with their mission, Nature’s Secrets has for several years been supplying its products free-of-charge for its practical lessons to students of the VTA. Significantly, these opportunities by way professional training with reputed beauty culture consultants and specialists will directly contribute to the development process of Sri Lanka. “Steps have been taken to train beauty instructors who will in turn train many a beauty instructor in Sri Lanka and thus improve their knowledge and arm them with skills and heighten their inborn capabilities. In Thailand they will be given resident training for seven days. These newly-trained beauty instructors will also continue to help “beautify” the tourist sector, which is seeing a remarkable upward trend after the end of the 30-year-old gruesome war. It is at a time as this that VTA and Nature’s Secrets are providing these opportunities and facilities through this project,” said Chairman and Managing Director of Nature’s Secrets Saman Kumarasinghe. He believes that it is the duty of all organisations to support such social responsibility programs. Under the private-public partnership concept, Nature’s Secrets and VTA have launched many such programs since 2005 to improve the skills of personnel involved in the beauty culture industry. VTA has organised beauty culture training programs country wide and taken steps to effectively improve the skills of the new aspirants in the same field. Nature’s Secrets has been in the forefront initiating, training and sponsoring of such programs. In this newest move, Nature’s secrets and the VTA will continue to pour forth skilled, trained, and competent beauty culture experts into the industry. The beauty culture industry in Sri Lanka will see a flow of young, knowledgeable and dynamic beauty culture personnel who have had international exposure. VTA was established under the provisions of the Vocational Training Authority of Sri Lanka Act No. 12 of 1995, consisting of 6 National Vocational Training Institutes, 24 District Vocational Training Centres and 245 Vocational Training Centres. This institute operating under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Developments provides the skills training for rural youth, while implementing the skills development programs under various fields, with the participation of employees in the field of vocational training exposing the rural youth to information technology and training them for entrepreneurship development. Pix by Daminda Harsha Perera