Exchange of MoU | Samantha Rajapaksa | Abdulrahman Saqr | Major General (Retd) Gamini Hettiarachchi

Associated Motorways (Pvt) Ltd (AMW) in partnership with Vocational Training Authority (VTA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) recently at the VTA headquarters in Narahenpita. The event was held under the patronage of Chairman/CEO of VTA Major General Gamini Hettiarachchi (Retd), and Group Managing Director of AMW Samantha Rajapaksa, Director HR – Automotive Group (Al-Futtaim Group – AFG) Abdulrahman Saqr and Director – HR and Shared Services of AMW Kushan Wijewickrama.

The MOU mainly covers VTA, AMW and AFG’s commitment to provide world-class automobile technical trainings to the rural youth of Sri Lanka by providing them world-class automobile technical education programmes and On the Job Trainings (OJT) at AMW workshops in  Sri Lanka and in Al-Futtaim automobile workshops in Dubai.

The first project will take off in mid-February 2016 in Kalutara – Panapitiya on two-wheeler training while a second Automobile Institute is to be set up at Boossa – Galle in June 2016 on four-wheeler training, covering service maintenance and repairs, mechanical tinkering, body and painting. Approximately, 150 students will undergo six months theoretical and one year on the job training in AMW facilities. Currently, there are 129 apprentices undergoing on technical trainings at AMW workshops. Apart from this, AMW support several interns within AMW group to enhance their future career.

The partnership between AMW and VTA was a result of a mutual agreement between the two parties and is intended to result in a talent pool equipped with in-depth industry knowledge and enhanced soft skills.

AMW and Al-Futtaim facilitates curriculum development in line with NVQ standards on trainer development, soft skills development mainly in English, computer technical skills, programme management, classroom facilities layout and designs, tools and equipment and OJT in Sri Lanka as well as in overseas.

Apprentices, who will successfully qualify, will be provided employment opportunities in AMW and in AFG overseas locations based in over 14 countries.

VTA in its part will provide trainers facilities, tools and programme administration. This will cover two-wheeler training, auto mechanical tinkering, body and painting.

“As a truly Sri Lankan entity, we are committed to uplift the skills of youth of Sri Lanka which is also the vision of our parent company, Al-Futtaim Group,” Group Managing Director of AMW Samantha Rajapaksa said.

Having served in Sri Lanka for over 65 years, Associated Motorways (Pvt) Ltd popularly known as AMW has become the number one Automotive Company in Sri Lanka which is a fully owned subsidiary of the Al-Futtaim Group in UAE. Providing automobile solutions, AMW has tagged as the sole distributor for several world renowned automobile brands such as Nissan, Yamaha, Piaggio, Suzuki/Maruti, Renault, Good Year, Castrol, etc.