S4IG’s Phase 2 (2020-2024) is all about partnerships! We recognise our partners as powerful allies in fostering systemic, lasting change in the tourism skill development sector. We seek to partner with organisations across the public and private sector, with our current partners including key government agencies, training bodies, peak private sector industry bodies and a wide variety of businesses and enterprises of all sizes.
Our partnerships are collaborative, with a co-creation approach at their heart. We bring our technical expertise from Phase 1 of S4IG and focus on co-creating long term initiatives that build capacity within our partners, uplifting and supporting them to deliver successful inclusive, innovative, and tailored initiatives in skill development.
The Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission (TVEC) was established in 1991 as the national regulator, facilitator and standards setter for technical and vocational education and training. In this respect, their primary responsibilities include policy formulation, planning, development, coordination and quality assurance.
The modernisation of TVEC under the Government's ‘Vistas of Splendour’ program includes four key principles. These also underpin S4IG’s approach in developing and demonstrating inclusive skill development models, namely: relevance, quality, flexibility and access/inclusion.
The following are the main objectives of the S4IG and TVEC partnership:
The National Apprentice and Industrial Training Authority (NAITA) provides vocational skills through apprenticeship training for youth between 16-35 years and annually recruits nearly 14,000 trainees through their island-wide provincial network.
The following are the main objectives of the S4IG and NAITA partnership:
Established in 2007, the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) is the official government institution tasked with regulating the tourism industry in the country. SLTDA is responsible for tapping into Sri Lanka's natural potential to expand and enhance its tourism offering. They aim to position and develop Sri Lanka as a leading destination for international visitors, in addition to benefiting investors and supporting communities in a sustainable manner. The following are the main objectives of the S4IG and SLTDA partnership:
The Vocational Training Authority of Sri Lanka (VTA) was established on 16th August 1995 under the provisions of the Vocational Training Authority of Sri Lanka Act No.12 of 1995.It was a concept of His Excellency the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa when he was the Hon. Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training. VTA was established with the intent to provide skills for employment. The Manpower Division, the training arm of Labor Department which was running Technical and Vocational training programs in many parts of Sri Lanka, this was converted to the newly constitute Vocational Training Authority (VTA) making vocational training more accessible to rural youth and depressed segments in the country.
The key intention behind establishing the VTA was to reach the rural mass of the country which was 72% of the total population and make them to be skillful to find employment opportunities both locally and internationally. The Board of Directors representing various ministries assigned with specific subjects’ areas, i.e., youth affairs, education, industrial development, finance, and labor including the corporate sector.
In line with VTA organizational mandates, VTA and S4IG agree to cooperate in working towards supporting in delivering the professional cookery course with the industry partner Chef Guild of Sri Lanka.
Deliver a professional cookery program: Provide technical assistance and support to deliver a professional cooking program which is more flexible, relevant, and responsive to the tourism industry to improve employment outcomes and service standards.
Specifically, the parties to this agreement will facilitate and support the training the industry Trainers, conduct trainings and provide certification services.
The Sri Lanka Rūpavāhinī Corporation known as Jathika Rupavahini (lit. National Television) or simply as Rupavahini, is the national television network of Sri Lanka.
Established by Parliament under Act No. 6 of 1982 for the provision of national television service, it produces and broadcasts programmes in three languages. Distinguished civil servant M.J Perera was the founder and chairman of Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation.
National Youth Services Council (NYSC) agreed to the following with the collaboration of Skills for Inclusive Growth Program.
Professional cookery course that is accredited or industry standard, as well as standard professional chefs, are available in the region.
Delivery of industry-validated professional Pastry, Bakery, and Confectionery programme in one of the NYSC center.
Engage and participate Season 3 of Supreme Chef - Youth Edition features a national competition for culinary students.
NYSC collaborate with S4IG and involve in the ToT program and deliver/test the brand-new industry-standard foundational televisual skills courses.
NYSC collaborate with SLTDA and external consultants to develop the concept of Trail for promoting tourism attraction in selected district using inclusive theme.
NYSC collaborate with S4IG to build a 200-kilometer path connecting Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Trincomalee, Batticaloa, and Ampara in order to stimulate inclusive tourism destination development.
NYSC collaborate with S4IG, SLTDA, and the private sector to select and build two "Trail" routes that will be used by tour and destination promoters as a tourist business model.
With the collaboration of S4IG organize a short-film competition as a reality program.
In collaboration with S4IG Promote of Regional Authentic Art and Music Instruments as Tour Products.Memorandum of Understanding- NYSC and S4IG: Sri Lanka Youth - MOU.pdf
The Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management (SLITHM) is the only approved premier institute in Sri Lanka offering courses in both hotel and hospitality as well as travel and tourism.
The governing body of SLITHM includes Industry experts, highly academic experts and policy makers with years of experience behind them. They play a key role in the management of the entire organization. They work in collaboration with the ACADAMIC AND non-academic staff ensuring the proper administration of the academic.
MOU aligned with the bilateral agreement between Sri Lanka government and Australian government which implements under the State Ministry of Skills Development, Vocational Education, Research & Innovation. In line with their organizational mandates, all parties agree to cooperate in working towards supporting in the three major areas which are some of the avenues Skills for Inclusive Growth – Phase II operates viz.
Established in 1973, FCCISL is the apex body for Sri Lankan businesses. It is the most widespread business organisation with member bodies from all districts and provinces of Sri Lanka. As an umbrella organisation of the private sector, the FCCISL plays a key role in promoting business and industry in the country by providing members with a wide spectrum of services. These range from advisory, consultative, promotional, information-sharing and representative services.
Since 2017 S4IG has worked with FCCISL to support inclusive economic growth opportunities along the tourism value chain via an integrated approach to skills development in four districts (Trincomalee, Ampara, Batticaloa, and Polonnaruwa). FCCISL has coordinated all four District Chambers to implement workplace based Foundational Hospitality Skills Development programs. It has ensured the development of industry validated curriculum/modules, as well as ensured quality delivery of the modules by assessing and issuing certificates to successful participants.
The following are the main objectives of the S4IG and FCCISL partnership:
The Chefs Guild of Lanka is an association of professional chefs committed to the professional development of all chefs and cooks in Sri Lanka. Initiated in 1988, it has grown over the past two decades and now boasts membership from over 180 hotels across the nation. The Chefs Guild of Lanka received its charter into The World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS) at the World Congress in Frankfurt in 1992, as the 37th member nation.
The following are the main objectives of the S4IG and Chefs Guild of Lanka partnership: