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Sri Lanka’s Hambantota Port, vocational outfit train youth for harbour jobs

ECONOMYNEXT – The Chinese-run Hambantota International Port (HIP) in southern Sri Lanka said it has tied up with a vocational training school to train youth in the area for jobs in the harbour and related industries.

A statement said HIP entered into a partnership with the National Apprentice and Industrial Training Authority (NAITA) to provide training programmes for youth in areas adjacent to the port.

“The program has been developed to ready trainees for possible employment in port and allied industries.”

Training would be in basic firefighting, crane operating and general operations for 15 trainees per batch.

“The best of the batch will be considered for employment at HIP, based on the company’s requirements,” HIP said.

“This would not only introduce port-related vocational opportunities for youth from the region, but would also increase their employability so they would be able to find jobs with organisations of their choice,” said Ray Ren, chief executive of Hambantota International Port Group (Pvt) Ltd.

The second intake of trainees is scheduled to begin in December 2019 and the scope will be expanded to start training for ‘crane operators’ and ‘operations assistants’, the company said.

NAITA is no stranger to the Hambantota International Port as their global partner, CMPort, has worked with them since 2012 for their Colombo operation, Colombo International Container Terminal (CICT).

“More than 80 percent of operations staff in CICT are young talent who entered the industry through the CMPort/NAITA partnership,” the statement said.

(Colombo/ November 20/ 2019)