Vocational Training in Sri Lanka (VTSL)

The effects of the crisis in Sri Lanka had negative effects on the vocational training sector and are strongly affecting the country’s population and its access to work. On the basis of the Swiss - Sri Lankan migration partnership, the proposed project will improve the quality of vocational training, make it accessible to young women and men from rural areas, members of minorities, and people with disabilities in Sri Lanka in line with the market’s demand.

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Sri Lanka
Formation professionelle
Emploi & développement économique
Formation professionnelle
Création d'emplois
Secteur non spécifié
01.06.2023 - 31.05.2026
CHF  882’000
Contexte The political and economic crisis in Sri Lanka as well as Covid-19 and the aftermath of the 2019 terrorist attacks have had negative effects on the country and the tourism sector, one of the most important sectors of the economy and employment (about 12% of GDP) in the country. The reforms in the vocational education sector have also been set back considerably, with drastic consequences for the quality of vocational education in Sri Lanka. In particular, young women and men from rural areas, members of minorities, and people with disabilities have only limited access to adequate vocational training and employment. The government is responsible for vocational training in Sri Lanka, which is not sufficiently aligned with labour market needs and environmental sustainability. The revitalization and transformation of the economy is a political priority in the coming years. Due to the current situation, young people are continuing to migrate and seek employment abroad. This project is targeting the skills development in Sri Lanka. If men and women choose nevertheless to migrate after having received the training, they will do so better equipped and send remittances back to Sri Lanka.
Objectifs The quality of vocational training is improved for all population groups in terms of labour market relevance, access and environmental sustainability.
Groupes cibles
  • 145,000 young people (age 15 – 35).
  • A focus is generally on the target group of girls and women, as well as on people with disabilities and other disadvantaged groups with special access barriers (culture, infrastructure, equipment, transport, security).
  • Entrepreneurs and employees of Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises MSMEs.
  • About 45 experts and executives of the Ministry of Education and the downstream authorities with mandates in the management of vocational training.
  • About 250 teachers and the management staff of the Technical Institutes are intermediaries for the provision of improved vocational training.
Effets à moyen terme

Outcome 1: The professional and managerial capacities of the relevant public institutions to improve the provision of vocational education and training have been strengthened.

Outcome 2: The technical and managerial capacities of the vocational training centers (German Techs) have been strengthened.

Outcome 3: Employment-oriented qualify-cation measures have improved the career prospects of disadvantaged groups.

Outcome 4: Vocational training and continuing education programs are geared to ecological sustainability.


Principaux résultats attendus:  

  • 20 Executives from relevant Vocational Education and Training (VET) institutions confirm the relevance of the support measures (e.g. qualification, policy dialogue) for an improved governance of the VET sector. 7 high-level dialog forums take place.
  • The number of enrolled trainees at SLGTI increases by 50% from 176 to 264, of which 100% increase in enrolled females.
  • The average trainee rating of the quality of training at the technical institutes improves.
  • 90 employment-oriented qualification programs for disadvantaged groups are implemented. 1050 members of disadvantaged groups, 50% of them women, successfully complete them.
  • 15 companies confirm that the skills acquired by their employees through the training and development measures contribute to resource-saving operations.

Principaux résultats antérieurs:  

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GIZ previous phase (contributed to by the Swiss State Secretariat for Migration SEM) piloted approaches to increase the income of vulnerable population groups and contributed to the operation of vocational training centres.

  • 2 training programs at Sri Lanka German Training Institute (SLGTI) and 13 training partnerships with 18 companies took place – this demonstrated the will and ability of the government and the private sector to establish innovative training formats and to invest in them.
  • Employment-oriented short-term qualification programs for disadvantaged population groups have led to increased incomes and employment rates. In the last project phase, a total of 368 people (40% women), received training measures in companies.
  • 369 persons from disadvantaged and marginalized population groups received inclusive training measures (58% women).

Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
Institution étatique étrangère
  • GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit); Other donors: BMZ (Deutsches Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung)

Coordination avec d'autres projets et acteurs

Synergies will be created with SDC’s programs in the region, namely Sustainable Skills for Growth (SSG), another skills development project in the tourism and hospitality sector, as well as the Sri Lanka Labour Migration Program (SLMP).

This project is of revelance to the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) in view of the migration partnership with Sri Lanka. It is financed through the flexible funds migration from the Asia Section.

Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF    882’000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF    105’000
Phases du projet Phase 1 01.06.2023 - 31.05.2026   (Phase en cours)