THE PROJECT

Vocational Training in the North and East of Sri Lanka (VTN) Project

A Pioneering Venture that Seeks to Impact Youth in Post-War Society in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka.

The Project “Vocational Training in the North and East of Sri Lanka” (VTN) is a bilateral cooperation between the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Federal Republic of Germany. The project is implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (German development bank – KfW) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The project is co – funded by the State Secretary for Migration of the Government of Switzerland.

The Sri Lankan governmental partner is the Ministry of Skills Development and Vocational Training. Other project partners are NAITA (National Apprentice and Industrial Training Authority), VTA (Vocational Training Authority), Don Bosco and ORHAN (Organization for Rehabilitation of the Handicapped).

The objective is to establish a new vocational training institute in Kilinochchi – the Sri Lankan German Training Institute (SLGTI) – together with various partner institutions working in the region. The SLGTI will offer training programs to young people which will enable them to acquire qualifications for employment or self-employment according to the needs on the market.

GIZ is responsible for the technical assistance, including capacity development, provision of qualified managerial staff, teachers and trainers, and ensuring the day-to-day functioning of the SLGTI. The financial assistance is provided through KfW Entwicklungsbank and encompasses the construction of the training centre, the supply of equipment, machines and teaching materials.

The Sri Lankan-German development collaboration in the vocational training sector has existed over five decades. Since the early 1970, GIZ has been playing a key role in the promotion of vocational training in Sri Lanka through the implementation of several projects and programs aimed at developing the system through the introduction of innovative concepts and products. The inception of the VTN project on 6 January 2012 marks yet another milestone in this fruitful collaboration.

The main VTN project office is located in Kilinochchi. A second unit, located at the NAITA building in Colombo, coordinates activities with our partners.

Who We Are

A bilateral cooperation between the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Federal Republic of Germany.

What We Do

We provide demand-driven Vocational Education and Training in the North and East of Sri Lanka in selected trades to improve employability and meet industry requirements in the post-war economy.

How We Do It

We work in several training centres in the North and East to provide technical training in selected fields upto the National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ) Levels 3 & 4 in order to ensure the eligibility of candidates.

Our German Partners

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (German development bank – KfW) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Our Sri Lankan Partners

Ministry of Skills Development and Vocational Training. Other partners are the National Apprentice & Industrial Training Authority (NAITA) of Sri Lanka, Vocational Training Authority (VTA) of Sri Lanka, Don Bosco and Organization for Rehabilitation of Handicapped (ORHAN)

Where We Work

Our main office is in Kilinochchi in the Northern Province.

What Our Goal Is

We aim to set up the Sri Lankan-German Training Institute (SLGTI) as a state-of-the-art vocational education facility in Kilinochchi to offer training programmes for young people that will enable them to acquire qualifications for employment or self-employment according to market needs.

Our Target Group

We seek to provide vocational training to young women and men, to those differently abled and to those affected by the 30-year conflict including ex-combatants and war widows.

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