The FCCISL (Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry)/CHEER project (Chamber Network Engagement in Economic Rehabilitation) has provided 500 persons in war rehabilitation with vocational training.
The project received a certificate of appreciation recently from the Commissioner General of Rehabilitation in recognition of its achievement.
Out of 500 persons that were given vocational training in construction related areas, 350 males were trained in welding, carpentry, electrical wiring and masonry, while 150 females were trained in CAD and 3D drafting, said a press release.
Each training course carried 100 hours of training, including theory and practical aspects. Training sessions were residential and males were trained at the FCCISL-Handwerk Centre in
Malegoda, Payagala, and females at the girls rehabilitation centre, Pampaimadu Vavuniya. In addition, the beneficiaries were also given counselling and a session in positive thinking.
The certificates are jointly awarded by the Handwerkskammer Koblenz Germany, the National Construction Association of Sri Lanka and FCCISL.
These beneficiaries will further receive on the job training under army engineers. The trainees would therefore hold an internationally valid certificate of vocational education, experience certification and certification of clearance from the Sri Lanka Army and are in a position to secure jobs within their communities, or even secure jobs overseas, with further experience, said the statement.
On the completion of their rehabilitation they will be re-integrated to the society under the direction and supervision of the Bureau of the Commissioner General of Rehabilitation.
Once re-integrated, the details of the trainees would be available with the bureau. In addition, the FCCISL and NCASL networks would support them to explore employment / self employment opportunities, said the press release.
The FCCISL CHEER project is implemented in association with FCCISL and its member district chambers of commerce and industry of Ampara, Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Vavuniya and Mannar. The project is part of the EU-ACAP project funded by the European Union nd implemented by OXFAM GB.