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(From left): SLGT 3: Dr. Jürgen Morhard, Mahinda Samarasinghe, and Randa Kourieh- Ranarivelo (Country Director, GIZ Sri Lanka and Maldives)

The Sri Lanka-German Training Institute (SLGTI), a project initiated by German Development Cooperation (GIZ) in partnership with the Government of Sri Lanka, will be opened by President Maithripala Sirisena on July 18.

The announcement of the opening was made at a press conference which was held in Colombo last week. The press conference was attended by attended by Skills Development and Vocational Training Minister, Mahinda Samarasinghe and Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Dr. Juergen Morhard.

SLGTI will function under the purview of the National Apprentice Industrial and Training Authority of Sri Lanka (NAITA). It is recognised as a national level training institute with equity of access for all citizens of Sri Lanka, regardless of ethnicity or religion. The centre as a common meeting point will facilitate the development of a mutual understanding and appreciation among students about the diverse cultural heritage of Sri Lanka.

The institute will offer high quality vocational training in sectors of automobile technology, construction technology, food processing technology, mechanical engineering and electrical and electronic technology. The medium of instruction will be English.

“These sectors have been identified for the opportunities available within them for well trained, skilled labour,” Samarasinghe said.

The training for an annual intake of 200 students will be provided at NVQ Levels 4 to 6 in keeping with the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) framework. To prepare students for this, 14 vocational training centres offering NVQ Levels 1-3 training have been identified as satellite centres in the Northern and Eastern provinces. These satellite centres have been upgraded to meet the standards set by SLGTI.