GIZ – VTN project recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Vocational Training Authority (VTA) and Jetwing Group of companies to improve and increase employability in the hospitality industry for 160 youth through the provision of necessary training and technical support. The Vocational Training Authority’s (VTA) Karainagar – Jaffna Training Centre has been identified as the main recipient of all support assistance extended as part of this new partnership among GIZ- VTN, VTA and Jetwing. The 14-month Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) – expected to run until end December 2015- will see to the activation of several key interventions, including the design of infrastructure and training environment of the VTA Karainagrar Training Centre, provision of technical training for young men and women in the area, conduct of four training courses for two batches of 80 trainees in food and beverage, cookery, housekeeping and front office management.

All students who successfully complete the four training courses will receive the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) level 3/4 qualifications. Both GIZ and Jetwing have committed to provide monetary and in-kind support such as technical experience, knowledge, sharing of learning etc., ensuring that the students’ learning experience will increase not just their knowledge and the capacity, but, their employability, too. Additionally, the two parties have agreed to fostering a conducive training environment that will help retain a minimum of 90% of students that complete the course successfully. As the implementing partner of this initiative, the VTA will be responsible for overall coordination of the training liaising with both VTN and Jetwing. The VTA will make available its Karainagar Centre as the training hub providing the physical space and equipment for the training while also being responsible for administrative and logistics related aspects until completion of the initiative.

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