The Sri Lanka Skills for Inclusive Growth program, funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, responds to the Australian Government’s ‘economic opportunities for the poor’ priority by supporting inclusive and sustainable growth in the eastern and north eastern provinces of Sri Lanka.
Specifically, the program seeks to address the lack of access to quality skills development services linked to economic opportunities that have been identified in the tourism sector value chain in these areas.
As with Tonga Skills, the program commenced in the late 2016. With a full team in place and offices in each of the program districts, the focus of activities for this year was establishing skills sector coordination mechanisms and building a strong evidence base to inform the design of project activities.
Several studies, surveys and mapping exercises have been completed during the preparation and inception phase to examine features of the labour market and key skills supply systems across the tourism and hospitality value chains.