Labour and Foreign Employment Minister Manusha Nanayakkara today said that the Japanese government has agreed to help Sri Lanka to establish a vocational training centre targeting the automobile industry to train local youth for jobs in the automobile industry in Japan.
The decision was announced following a meeting with a high-level Japanese diplomatic delegation at the Ministry.
“Those who undergo the training successfully at the centre, will be eligible for direct job opportunities in Japan. “This initiative is expected to bring more job opportunities to Sri Lankan workers in the automobile sector in Japan,” the Minister said.
Also said the attention was focused on establishing this vocational training centre aimed at jobs in Japan and starting it as a joint venture between the public and private sectors. After the opening of the centre, the Japanese delegation highlighted the possibility of directly opening job opportunities in Japan to all those who had been trained there.
There is a need to recruit 6.5 million workers from foreign countries for jobs in Japan in the next few years, and views were exchanged at length regarding how Sri Lankan workers could contribute to meeting that labour demand. (Chaturanga Pradeep Samarawickrama)
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