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The National Human Resources Development Council of Sri Lanka is an institution established to perform an important role of work under the Ministry of Public Administration, Home Affairs, Provincial Councils and Local Government.It takes responsibilities for work such as assisting to implement the policies pertaining to Human Resources Development and by giving priority in all the activities of Human Resources Development under the powers vested upon the said institute.Its main objective as an higher institution is provide information and direction, to the Minister and The Government, on all aspects of Human Resource Development.

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Strategies toward meaningful “Decade of Skills Development” 2021 - 2030

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 There is a severe shortage of skilled labour for industry and services. This is mainly to be seen in the construction, manufacturing, and hotel and tourist sectors. Even though this situation eased somewhat post COVID-19, it exists

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In the economies of many developed countries, the main component in their economic development is human capital investment. Labour economists such as Minser and Baker explain that investments in general education, higher education, vocational training, expenditure in sports and health, could be considered human capital investment. The main aim of education is to produce individuals able to live independently and the aim of higher education and vocational training is to develop people in the competencies needed in the world.

 Of the 2020 population of 24 million, half are not in the labour force and 25% out of the labour force are unskilled. The diagram gives important data in unskilled workforce.

In his policy document “Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour”, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa envisages a 20% reduction in the unskilled labour force in 2022, and a further 10% reduction by 2030, in order to create global technocrats and position Sri Lanka as the epicentre for human resource development in Asia. This emphasis shows the value of a skilled labour force. He has named the next 10 years “The Decade of Skills Development” in Sri Lanka, because he has realised the value of human capital.

 

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Sectoral Impact of COVID -19 on Employees in Sri Lanka

The sudden outbreak of COVID-19, originated in China in December 2019, struck the world so hard affecting all the economic and daily activities of humans. It is still active in South and North America, Asia and Europe. Countries are briskly taking necessary prevention methods to control the spread of the disease. Though the Sri Lankan Government is so far successful in controlling the spread of COVID-19, the damage caused by it is immeasurable. With the aim of identifying the impact of COVID-19 on labour market issues in the country, an online survey was conducted concerning the most economically sensitive sectors: Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Construction Industry, Foreign employment, SMEs, Apparel, Logistics, Aviation and IT with sub aspect, Legal, Educational and Financial situations.

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National Human Resources Development Council
Nipunatha Piyasa, 7th Floor,
No.354/2, Elvitigala Mawatha,
Narahenpita, Colombo 5

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