The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development in cooperation with the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, conducted a workshop for senior staff of all public TVET providers in the country to promote social competencies as a relevant part of vocational training. The 30 participants of Ocean University of Sri Lanka (OCU), National Youth Corps (NYC), Department of Technical Education and Training (DTET), National Youth Service Council (NYSC), Vocational Training Authority (VTA), National Apprentice and Industrial Training Authority (NAITA) and Ceylon German Technical Training Institute (CGTTI) where introduced to the Social Competencies Manual, developed by the Vocational Training Project in the North (VTN) of Sri Lanka.
The training underlined the importance of teaching social competencies in vocational training to fulfil all the needs of the private sector. The participants learned that technical competencies are not enough to utilize the entire potential of a person. The training also highlighted the significance to increase the social capital through social competencies. Social capital reflects the person’s ability to interact and build inter-personal linkages with others. It is expected that the participants will now create awareness of the importance of social competencies among their colleagues in their associated institutions.