“Most of the people are waiting for government jobs” said the Additional Government Agent from Trincomolee District – Mr.Nadaraja Piratheepan at the graduation certificate awarding ceremony for the 23 participants who completed the 6 months bakery course targeting employment in the tourism sector held on November 8, 2018. The AGA went on to emphasis that the S4IG program had supported district youth to identify their interests and talents and to develop the necessary skills to get jobs in the tourism and hospitality sector. This employment “will help to reduce the unemployment rate in Sri Lanka” he said. The Skills for Inclusive Growth Program is funded by the Government of Australia and is supporting industry growth and employment outcomes in Ampara, Batticaloa, Polonnaruwa and Trincomolee.
The Chief Guest and Additional Government Agent – Mr.Nadaraja Piratheepan also said that there were no better beaches in the world than in Trincomolee. He urged industry, government and the S4IG Program to support beach tourism. Develop a world class workforce that can showcase and match this world class destination. As a key tourism asset, the beaches provide employment opportunities for the whole community – seafood products, water based activities and tours, marine life and environmental protection. Currently people in Sri Lanka are still doing traditional jobs with most school and university graduates searching for white collar jobs in government. But these jobs are no longer available and we need to develop alternatives. Tourism provides diverse opportunity and scope for young people (male and female). These are the jobs of the future. With the right skills there are many opportunities and Baking skills is one of these. The AGA congratulated the S4IG Program and the District Coordinator Mr Timothy Emmanuel.