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The European Union launches programme to reduce poverty in Uva and Central Provinces

November 29th, 2017

The European Union launched one of the largest programmes of development support in the country. The European Union will contribute Rs. 5.4 billion in to reduce poverty in the provinces by improving the income of poor people living in rural areas and helping to ensure that they have enough food to eat, even in times of hardship. Speaking […]

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Celebrating partnerships – An exhibition on five years of collaboration under the EU-Support to District Development Programme

October 17th, 2017

An exhibition celebrating partnerships built over the course of five years opened in Mannar and Vavuniya on 10 October and 12 October respectively.  The event is part of the European Union’s Support to District Development Programme (EU-SDDP), which helps the poorest communities in Sri Lanka by providing basic infrastructure and services that benefit the local […]

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The Government of Sri Lanka, European Union, United Nations and IFC jointly inaugurate the exhibition ‘Celebrating Partnerships’

October 17th, 2017

The roaming exhibition which was showcased in the Northern Province has now reached the districts of Ampara and Batticaloa. Inaugurated on 17 October in Ampara and 19 October in Battlicaloa, the pictures show a series of development work that has been done to address the needs of the population. This exhibition is part of the […]

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EU and FAO improves the capacity of local service providers to better serve the rural fisher and farmer communities in the North

September 20th, 2017

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in partnership with the European Union (EU) has completed renovation of the Agriculture Adaptive Research Center, and the Government Seed Production Farm located in Thandikulam in the Vavuniya district. The improvement of the two institutions will contribute immensely towards agricultural development and modernization in the […]

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EU & ILO helps develop skills among youth in Mannar

September 20th, 2017

Creating job opportunities for young people and promoting “Productive employment and decent work” are important elements in the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) mandate. As a former conflict-affected region, Mannar is now moving towards rehabilitation and sustainable development where human capacity development plays a key role in reaching the goals set by the government of Sri Lanka. As […]

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EU & ILO helps develop skills among youth in Mannar

Posted on: September 20th, 2017 by Admin No Comments

Creating job opportunities for young people and promoting “Productive employment and decent work” are important elements in the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) mandate. As a former conflict-affected region, Mannar is now moving towards rehabilitation and sustainable development where human capacity development plays a key role in reaching the goals set by the government of Sri Lanka. As a step to achieving this Goal, under the European Union Support to District Development Programme (EU-SDDP) with a total financial envelope of Rs. 8.8 billion aims at supporting the thrust of the Government of Sri Lanka towards economic and social development in seven conflict-affected districts. In Mannar District, the International Labour Organization (ILO) joined hands with Technical College, Mannar to improve access to relevant and quality skills training in the district.

Mannar was identified as high growth in construction due to the post-conflict resettlement process of displaced families, infrastructure development and rehabilitation of community structures. The ILO, through the EU-SDDP support initially supported the Mannar Technical College with equipment worth Rs. 4.70 million to conduct courses on construction related trades. The first course helped to graduate 54 youth on construction site supervision. Another Rs. 3.90 million worth of equipment will be provided for motorcycle and scooter training.

The official handing over of training equipment under EU-SDDP took place at Mannar Technical College on 30th August 2017 with participation of Ms. Libuse Soukupova – Head of Cooperation of the European Union Delegation to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Mr. P. M. C. N. Balasooriya
Deputy Director, Academics Department of Technical Education and Training (DTET) and Mr. M.Y. S. Deshapriya – Government Agent of Mannar. During the event, the graduates of construction site supervision course received their certificates of successful completion of the training.

European Union Support to District Development Programme (EU-SDDP) has aimed at contributing to the transition from post-conflict relief to reconstruction and development by supporting selected districts in the North and East as focus districts in line with respective local development plans. Under “Local Economic Development” component of the programme, ILO undertakes a comprehensive and integrated approach to enable young women and men to make a smooth transition to work through skills training.

ILO has partnered with Vocational Training Institutes in the district of Mannar to conduct quality skills training based on labour market demand. Under those agreements 320 youth received skills training in nine selected high demand trades, namely plumbing, electrical, welding, heavy equipment operating, modern dress making, automobile repairing, hospitality trades, ICT and construction related trades at selected training centers. The trained youth are linked with District Public Employment Services (PES) Centre also established under EU SDDP for employment placement. It also supports and aims to achieve the One Million Jobs for Youth initiative of the present Government through enhancing market oriented vocational training.

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 Ms. Libuse Soukupova – Head of Cooperation of the European Union Delegation to Sri Lanka and the Maldives with the vocational trainee graduates.

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Ms. Libuse Soukupova – Head of Cooperation of the European Union Delegation to Sri Lanka and the Maldives addressing the gathering.
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Graduate of construction supervision course Miss. Daniel Thas Nevis received her certificate from Ms. Libuse Soukupova – Head of Cooperation of the European Union Delegation to Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

News and Events

The European Union launches programme to reduce poverty in Uva and Central Provinces

November 29th, 2017

The European Union launched one of the largest programmes of development support in the country. The European Union will contribute Rs. 5.4 billion in to reduce poverty in the provinces by improving the income of poor people living in rural areas and helping to ensure that they have enough food to eat, even in times of hardship. Speaking […]

Read More

Celebrating partnerships – An exhibition on five years of collaboration under the EU-Support to District Development Programme

October 17th, 2017

An exhibition celebrating partnerships built over the course of five years opened in Mannar and Vavuniya on 10 October and 12 October respectively.  The event is part of the European Union’s Support to District Development Programme (EU-SDDP), which helps the poorest communities in Sri Lanka by providing basic infrastructure and services that benefit the local […]

Read More

The Government of Sri Lanka, European Union, United Nations and IFC jointly inaugurate the exhibition ‘Celebrating Partnerships’

October 17th, 2017

The roaming exhibition which was showcased in the Northern Province has now reached the districts of Ampara and Batticaloa. Inaugurated on 17 October in Ampara and 19 October in Battlicaloa, the pictures show a series of development work that has been done to address the needs of the population. This exhibition is part of the […]

Read More

EU and FAO improves the capacity of local service providers to better serve the rural fisher and farmer communities in the North

September 20th, 2017

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in partnership with the European Union (EU) has completed renovation of the Agriculture Adaptive Research Center, and the Government Seed Production Farm located in Thandikulam in the Vavuniya district. The improvement of the two institutions will contribute immensely towards agricultural development and modernization in the […]

Read More

EU & ILO helps develop skills among youth in Mannar

September 20th, 2017

Creating job opportunities for young people and promoting “Productive employment and decent work” are important elements in the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) mandate. As a former conflict-affected region, Mannar is now moving towards rehabilitation and sustainable development where human capacity development plays a key role in reaching the goals set by the government of Sri Lanka. As […]

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