Ceylon Chamber starts academy to bridge Sri Lanka corporate skills gap

ECONOMYNEXT – The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce has started a ‘Chamber Academy’, an institute that provides work-based training programmes to help train workers and bridge a skills gap that means firms cannot fill thousands of vacancies.

“It is expected that Chamber member companies and other private sector organisations can benefit through this initiative by nominating their employees for training programmes to uplift the skill sets,” a statement said.

School leavers and job seekers too can enroll for these programmes for better career prospects.

The Ceylon Chamber said the Chamber Academy is for ‘high-impact’ work-based training programmes.

“In current times it has become evident that the gap between employer expectations and employee readiness has increased significantly,” it said.

“The lack of skilled workforce for corporates surfaced as a problematic issue for several years. As a result, the human resource available in the country is not fully exploited. This has a negative impact on both employers and employees.”

This situation drives the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce to intervene and bridge the gap, by identifying potential courses to suite the job market demands, developing suitable curriculums accordingly and conduct relevant and high impact courses.
(COLOMBO, July 18, 2018)

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