Skills for Inclusive Growth is an initiative of the Australian Government in partnership with the Sri Lankan Ministry of Skills Development and Vocational Training. The program supports skills training, job creation and business growth across the tourism sector in the eastern and north-central provinces in Sri Lanka.
In 2017–18, the program engaged with stakeholders to promote inclusive growth across the entire tourism value chain in the four districts of Sri Lanka that it operates in.
The program’s Skills Development Fund, through which training and other service providers are contracted to deliver skills development activities, is a key mechanism and incentive for reform to improve the quality of skills training in Sri Lanka.
The program has facilitated the delivery of flexible and inclusive skills training for 351 enterprises and 1370 trainees. This training has focused on tourism sectors such as accommodation services, wellness and beauty therapy, bakery, cookery, tours and experiences, and cross-cutting support to influence mindsets and encourage more participation in the sector.
This year, business coaching and workplace learning were introduced for tourism enterprises in four districts. Workplace mentoring was also made available to upskill and develop the workforce to ensure service standards are improved and well-performing staff are retained.