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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 109

CCI inaugurates Construction Craftsmen Training Centre

Sunil C. Perera, Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 23 January, ( The Chamber of Construction Industry (CCI) in its capacity as the accredited representative of the domestic construction industry is focusing its prioritised attention on training as an effort to mitigate the shortage of construction craftsmen plans to open today its second Construction Craftsmen Training Centre in Madihe, Matara.

CEO of the CCI , Dakshitha Talgodapitiya says this center will provide training on masonry and carpentry crafts.

This centre, which consists of facilities such as classrooms, carpentry and masonry workshops for practicals are fully equipped with audio visual equipment, computers and other training aids. Exposure to computers, basic training in English language and occupational health and safety will make its facilities comparable to international standards. With a centre co-ordinator, four trainers and demonstrators, and support staff, it will have the capacity to undertake accreditation of construction craftsmen, already in employment and provision of specialized skills in areas such as tiling, scaffold carpentry, bar bending etc.

The Training facility located at Madihe, Matara is the second of a series of training centres the CCI Bioforce partnership will establish in the nearest future.

The political office of Managala Samaraweera, M.P. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Ports and Aviation did assist the Chamber in no small measure to get the infrastructure and other requirements in place to facilitate opening within a very short period.

As one of its key initiatives for building domestic construction industry capacities the Chamber has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Bioforce Training Institute of France.

Bioforce since 1983 has been involved in developing individuals and organizational capacity, through training, particularly with regard to geographical areas that have suffered as a result of disaster or war. Bioforce has maintained strong links and partnerships with operational organizations in various sectors putting at their disposal essential skills and know-how through proven pedagogical methods.

The CCI - Bioforce partnership established its first training facility in Balapitiya Galle district in June 2006 with 150 young persons being already trained in masonry and carpentry crafts.

Training in construction crafts provides gainful employment opportunities to those from the poorest sector of the society with minimal educational qualifications in the shortest period of time. To attract such people this project provides payment of a daily stipend to students as an incentive.

- Asian Tribune -

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