The Ceylon National Chamber of Industries (CNCI) Seminar Series which concluded on 12 October was a phenomenal success with over 50 Establishments including leading conglomerates, Banks and Insurance Companies registering over 180 participants.
Commenting on the outcome, Chamber sources stated that the cessation of hostilities undoubtedly assisted the CNCI to resume addressing the incessant demand for Training and Development which falls within its priority objectives. We had to go slow for quite some time, being located within the high security areas. The HRD Division is back on track and already stands on “terra firma”.
The September Seminar Series covered a comprehensive range of Topics on Labour Laws and Industrial Relations including the Shop and Office Act, Wages Board Ordinance, EPF, ETF and Gratuity, Misconduct, Recruitment, Termination, and OSH winding up with Leadership and Motivation. Participant choice was appreciated and fully utilised with the opportunity to choose those subjects relevant to their areas of activity. The Seminars were conducted in the centrally located, spacious Auditorium at the CNCI at No. 20, 1st Floor, Galle Face Court, Colombo 3.
We will be commencing our popular Certificate Courses in November with two levels of English, Export Import Procedures, and Secretarial Practice, among others. These will span between three to four months each, structured at a session per week for the convenience of participants. Details have already been finalised and will be disseminated from next week. Information could also be obtained direct from the CNCI Secretariat at the address given above, on telephone 2452181, 2339200 fax 2331443, or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Human Resources Development (HRD) continues to be a vital component in addressing socio-economic issues faced in many developing countries such as Sri Lanka. Executed through Career Guidance, Training and Employment location, it has enormous potential to narrow these disparities and increase standards of living. In this context special emphasis is focused on the SMEs and the MSMEs.
With the cessation of hostilities the CNCI further recognises as a high priority, the extension and further consolidation of Training and Development in the North and East, considering the IDPs and residents who have not had access to formal or informal education for some time. Consequently we are already in touch with some of the relevant regional institutions for necessary coordination or collaborative arrangements.
This initiative aims to augment the employment prospects of individuals and counterbalance the problem of unemployment and youth unrest. Further interaction with state sector establishments will build upon work already done by the Chamber, by expanding its capacity to create important linkages between the public and private sector industry members (PPP).