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Sri Lanka boosts tourist driver skills amid Covid-19 lull

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s state tourism agency said it had initiated a scheme with training organization to boost the skills of tourist drivers with the sector still in hit by international travel restrictions due to Coronavirus.

State-run Vocational Training Authority will conduct the training courses Negombo, Narahenpita, Dambulla, Ahangama, Hambantota, Peradeniya, Nuwara Eliya according to the agreement signed with Sri Lanka Tourism.

“We reached out to Vocational Training Authority (VTA) and very pleased to sign this agreement that will now enable our industry stakeholders to have easy access to Trainings Island wide,” Sri Lanka Tourism Chairperson, Kimarli Fernando shared.

“Tourism Driver training is the first step taken in this regard and VTA’s wide branch network is very valuable and their expertise in training will support our strategic action plan to support the SME’s segment.”

Chairman of VTA, Damitha Wickramasinghe said the VTA trains about 35,000 youth in 1,600 programs in 22 trade sectors.

The 4-day programme (20 hours) will cost 5000 rupees. At the end of the training, a joint certificate will be issued by SLTDA and VTA to the participant. (Colombo/Sept19/2020)