by Sanath Nanayakkare
James Dauris, British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka
The Career and Skills Summit which is to be held in Colombo encompassing 75 top companies across 7 industries with prospective job offers for skilled UK graduates and youth with UK qualifications seems to coincide with President Maithripala Sirisena’s ambition to develop the human capital of young Sri Lankans, James Dauris – British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and Maldives said Wednesday.
When the British Council launched ‘Opportunities’ – Career and Skills Summit over a breakfast meeting at the Westminster House, the British High Commissioner further said,” Having this meeting with employers of Sri Lankan business entities here today is an opportune way of quickly following on from the President’s address to new parliament where he set out his ambition to develop the country’s human capital during the tenure of the current parliament and his presidency”.
‘Opportunities’ organized by the British Council will be a two-day event held on 5 and 6 March 2016 at the Sri Lanka Exhibition and Convention Centre. The main aim of this event is to bridge the gap between prospective employers and skilled UK graduates.
President Maithripala Sirisena’s policy statement announced to the new parliament the day before this event at the Westminster House, contained particular mentions on skills development of young Sri Lankans and rolling out the red carpet for Sri Lankan professionals working overseas to return to their motherland to propel the national economy forward.
“It seems that we are talking about a coincidence of needs. We are talking about the national need the President was describing and we are talking about Sri Lankan employers’ need because you need good graduates who are not only educated but also have the right set of soft skills to work with you. Further, we are talking about the UK-qualified new graduates’ need to find good jobs in a competitive job market”, the British High Commissioner explained.
This Career Summit will be used as a platform to identify and improve skills for employability by partnering with the industry sector and the professional bodies in both Sri Lanka and the UK.
Employers will be able to screen CVs prior to meeting with potential candidates and the prospective candidates will be able to view the details of the employers they are interested in.
Keith Davies, Country Director British Council said, “In this exciting new initiative, we will bring together Sri Lanka’s top employers and the latest batch of young people graduating with a UK qualification. The event will introduce 21st century skills through a series of industry-led workshops and will provide a forum for Sri Lanka’s businesses and the next generation of junior, middle and ultimately senior managers to meet and to explore employment and internship possibilities.”
WWW. britishcouncil.lk (website) has more information about the Career and Skills Summit.