Ceylon Chamber, Hayleys in partnership to build Sri Lanka logistics workforce

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s main business chamber, the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, has struck a partnership deal with one of the island’s biggest logistics firms, Hayleys Advantis, to train young people for jobs in the rapidly growing sector.

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce said in a statement it aims to develop a “competent, productive and skilled workforce and uplift the trade standards within Sri Lanka with the partnership with Hayleys Advantis to nurture talent in the logistics sector.

The two entities got together to launch a programme aimed at building capacity in the logistics sector by bridging the gap between academic qualifications and corporate requirements.

Over 100 graduate and undergraduate students and young professionals were given the opportunity to learn from senior industry representatives at the first workshop held recently where participants received an overview of industry best practices and the regulations governing the trade.

“Both the government and the private sector are making greater investments in this sector.Addingthe right talent to this mix is pivotal to realizing the government’s vision of establishing Sri Lanka as a logistics hub,” said Chandraratne Vithanage, speaking on behalf of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.

Managing Director of Hayleys Advantis Ruwan Waidyaratne said the firm believes that there is potential for the industry to further contribute towards national development with the partnership with the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce aiming to build global standards.

“We see there’s immense potential amongst the youngsters in this country and they only need the platform to help them unleash this potential. As a growing company we also see a lot of benefit for us, by developing capacity within our own industry. I believe this will create a win-win for the students as well as the corporate sector in due course.”

(COLOMBO, April 5, 2017)

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