Karu urges public sector to “stop bleeding”

  • Calls for good governance to halt losses, corruption in public sector and state owned business undertakings
  • Multi-stakeholder initiated Handbook on ‘Good Governance for Chairmen and Board of Directors of Public Enterprises’ debuts
 
By Shannon Jayawardena

Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya yesterday urged the public sector and state-owned business enterprises to improve good governance in order to ensure that the economy and society stopped “bleeding” in terms of losses and corruption. 

“Public enterprises play a vital role in the public delivery system and are major contributors to the national economy. Therefore I appeal to public enterprises to stop the bleeding and improve the quality of life of people,” Jayasuriya said at the launch of the handbook on ‘Good Governance for Chairmen and Board of Directors of Public Enterprises’.
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Education and VTEC allocations must target youth unemployment

Many entrepreneurs say the skills shortage is starting to bite as businesses are struggling to find workers they need to meet the growing demand at a time of medium to low unemployment.
There are shortages across a wide range of sectors from tourism to IT and to plumbers and masons. There simply aren’t enough people for all the roles that are out on the market. The construction industry especially needs increasing numbers of workers to keep up with the demand. These workers, namely masons, tillers, painters, bar-benders, welders, plumbers, riggers, etc., are hard to come by in the industry.
This is largely due to the record boom in infrastructure development resulting in the construction industry growing by record levels. We have begun to see pockets of foreign labour, Chinese, Bangladeshi and possibly Indian construction workers on many sites.
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A discussion forum on “Engage Three – Wheeler drivers into the skilled jobs for economic development of Sri Lanka”

The National Human Resources Development Council of Sri Lanka (NHRDC), functioning under the Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs has conducted a research on “Engage Three – Wheeler drivers into the skilled jobs for economic development. Purpose of this research was outlining a workable strategy to get our youth who are engaged in driving three – wheeler into well earn and low stressed productive jobs in the industries.

The discussion forum was held on 04th January 2018 at Sri Lanka Foundation Institute and the findings of the research was discussed. The session continued with focus group discussions based on the survey findings.

The purpose of this forum was to gather the views, data, information from professionals to find the strategies in order to attract youth into the main streams and also identify mechanisms to train three wheeler drivers particularly on the hygiene side and channel them into the professional line.

There were more than 100 participants from various government organizations and private institutes including the central Bank of Sri Lanka, Department of Census and Statistics, Sri Lanka Police, Pickme Company, Budget Taxi Company, University of Moratuwa, Ministry of Women and Child Affairs and Ministry Social Services.

SL faces big skilling challenge; mainly due to need for higher-quality education: Rohde

German Ambassador to Sri Lanka Jörn Rohde yesterday highlighted the fact that Sri Lanka has a big skilling challenge, mainly due to the need for higher-quality education and that the trade has to be more attractive in order to achieve success.
He stated the above at ‘Lessons from Germany’s Dual Vocational Training System’, a discussion forum held on 14 February at the BMICH. The event was organised by the International Chamber of Commerce Sri Lanka (ICCSL) together with the National Human Resource Development Council (NHRDC), with the aim of creating insights on Germany’s vocational education, which is recognised for its combination of training embedded in a real-life work environment.
Ambassador Rohde said: “Although it says ‘Germany’s dual vocational training system: a model for other countries’, I would add a question mark on to it, because it is always difficult to fully transfer one system into another. While it is important to provide the proper skills for students, it is even more important to educate teachers as well.”
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