Packeer re-elected Chairman of Tourism Industry Skills Council

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Seated from left: THASL Vice Chairperson Amal Goonetilleke, SLAITO Chairman T.M.F. Packeer, TVEC Acting Director General Janaka Jayalath, SLAPCEO Secretary Padmini Paul

Second row from left: Dimuthu Kumarasinghe – Chefs Guild, Dilip de Silva – TISC, CTGLA Treasurer Chandima Jayaweera, Manjula Vidanapathirana – TVEC

Third row from left: Samantha Gunaratne – CHSGA, Vipula Silva – Company Secretary, 

Wilhelm Brown – TAASL, Rohan Abeywickrema – ASMET, Pem Wickramasinghe – SLINT GL 

The third Annual General Meeting of the Tourism Industry Skills Council was held on 11 June at the NAITA Auditorium in the presence of senior officials from the respective associations and ex-officios from the public sector institutions. TVEC Acting Director General Janaka Jayalath was the guest of honour and the keynote speaker. 

The national policy of human resource and employment of the government is to provide full decent productive employment to all Sri Lankans and our donor agency is also committed in achieving a prosperous, inclusive and sustainable community by which individuals and organisations, can improve and retain skilled work force. Hence, this council is responsible to facilitate the capacity building or capacity development in our industry. This was clearly emphasised by the Chairman T.M.F. Packeer at the outset of the meeting.

Tourism Industry Skills Council (TISC) was inaugurated on 25 May 2016 under the Ministry of Skills Development and Vocational Training to analyse the tourism skills market, identify the skills demand, develop tourism as an industry of choice for employment, quality assurance of tourism training and facilitate delivery of quality tourism training to the nation through public private model and as a need a company by guarantee was established a tripartite agreement with Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission of Sri Lanka (TVEC) and National Apprentice and Industrial Training Authority of Sri Lanka (NAITA). 

The following were elected as Directors and office bearers, nominated by the respective associations:

T.M.F. Packeer – Chairman – SLAITO (Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators)

Amal Goonetilleke – Vice Chairperson – THASL (The Hotel Association of Sri Lanka)

 Padmini Paul – Secretary – SLAPCEO (Sri Lanka Association of Professional Conference, Exhibitions and Event Organisers)

Chandima Jayaweera – Treasurer – CTGLA (Chauffeur Tourist Guide Lecturers’ Association)

Rohan Abeywickrema – ASMET (Association of Small and Medium Enterprises in Tourism)

Wilhelm Brown – TAASL (Travel Agents Association of Sri Lanka)

Samantha Gunaratne – CHSGA (Ceylon Hotel School Graduates Association)

Dimuthu Kumarasinghe – Chefs Guild of Sri Lanka

Pem Wickramasinghe – SLINT GL (Sri Lanka Institute of National Tourist Guide Lecturers)

Nilantha De Silva – NAITA (National Apprentice and Industrial Training Authority)

Manjula Vidanapathirana – TVEC (Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission)

Muditha Pathmajaya – SSDP (Skill Sector Development Programme)

Deepa Sannasooriya – Additional Secretary, Ministry of Tourism

Vipula Silva – Attorney-At-Law, Company Secretary, Auditor HMW Associates

For any information, the Council can be contacted at NAITA OJT Building, 971 Sri Jayawardenapura Mawatha, Welikada, Rajagiriya or via telephone on 011 368 06 77 or via email at [email protected].