Sri Lanka skilled workers could apply for Korea jobs amid economic crisis: Minister | Sinhala News

Sri lanka News – Sri Lanka’s skilled workers who do not have formal certificates could apply for high paying jobs in Korea through the state foreign employment office as an economic crisis leads to job losses at home, a minister said

Skilled workers such as welders, electricians and painters without National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) certificates can apply to jobs in South Korea that pay a minimum of 850,000 rupees, State Minister for Mass Media Shantha Bandara said.

Sri Lanka has a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) for various skills which helps with foreign employment.

But workers with proven experience can also apply through the Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau.

“These workers don’t have much opportunities in Sri Lanka due to the economic crisis,” Shantha Bandara, Minister of Mass Media told a weekly cabinet brief.

He said a technical committee at the SLBFE will help the labourers who apply for the jobs.

“There is no need for NVQ, the technical committee will do the rest if those workers have the skills,” Bandara said.

To fund the visa expenditures, the applicants will also be able to obtain loans from state banks.

Minister requested all the skilled workers up to the age of 45 who are looking to migrate to get in touch with the SLBFE technical committee.

Meanwhile, the South Korean government has opened job opportunities for Sri Lankan fluent in the Korean language.

Bandara also said the government is discussing increasing the work visas offered to Sri Lankans by the Japanese government.

“From Japan, we have got visas for jobs but they are for carers for the elderly of which at least 90 percent for females and only about 10 percent for males,” Bandara said.

“We are in discussions to increase the job opportunities for our youths.” (Colombo/Sep14//2022)

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