The official launch of the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) in Sri Lanka, solely dedicated to vocational training in a variety of occupations from tourism, construction, sales and marketing, retail, beauty therapy and telecommunications is expected to provide modern training for employees to make a valuable contribution to the economy.
Speaking at the launch this week, Minister of Public Administration and Home Affairs and Deputy Minister of Finance and Planning Sarath Amunugama said this type of management training is necessary for the country to bridge problems in the education system.
ILM's Hub Manager for the Middle East and South Asia Amanda Kelleher said ILM is the European market leader for leadership and management qualifications with 48% of the market share. Formed in 2001, ILM registers over 85,000 learners each year and works with both public and private institutions all over the world including Emirates Airlines, the Al Futtaim Group and Petronas Malaysia.
Mufthy Hashim, the Regional Manager for South Asia of City & Guilds, the UK's leading awarding body dedicated to vocational education which the ILM falls under, said qualifications are designed specifically for the international market. One of their biggest customers is Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) which trains approximately 500 candidates a year. He also said the staff working at the duty free shop at the Bandaranaike International Airport have also been trained at the ILM.