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EFC collaborates with the Prime Minister’s Policy Development Office and multiple agencies to offer BIT scholarships PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 March 2019 19:02

Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC) in collaboration with the Prime Minister’s Policy Development Office, Virtual Higher Education College (Pvt) Ltd and the Dharmavahini Foundation, initiated a programme to offer scholarships for school leavers, job seekers and those already employed, to read for a Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) at the University of Colombo’s School of Computing. The first batch of scholarships was awarded at an event last week held at the EFC. The initiative was facilitated by The Employers’ National Network of Youth Initiatives (ENNYI), coming under the purview of the EFC.

In his opening remarks at the event, Director General of the EFC, Kanishka Weerasinghe urged young job seekers to avail themselves of opportunities the private sector enables. Many, as the EFC’s DG noted, are unaware of these opportunities, hence over-depending on the public sector for employment. Calling upon the business community to be more engaged with the state universities and other vocational training institutes in mitigating this knowledge gap, he went on to note that ENNYI aspires to become a bridge between the job seekers and employers.

"As the voice for the employers in the country, we at the EFC are inviting undergraduates and other young job seekers to reach out to us and optimize on what we have to offer," remarked Weerasinghe who pointed out that currently many internships, training and job opportunities are open through the EFC. ENNYI which was launched by the EFC in enabling youth a window to the real world of work is collaborating with several state universities and multiple government agencies in spurring more job openings in the private sector. To facilitate this process, ENNYI, which is expanding its reach, has created a common portal The website is a practical tool for the potential intern and the employer to come to a common platform by enabling easy access of information to both parties.

The course content developed for the BIT, as Director, Virtual Higher Education College (Pvt) Ltd, Jayanath Warusavitharana explained, goes beyond IT knowledge, offering a comprehensive 35-unit English course as well. The tailor made course which is offered complementary for all scholarship recipients, is a convenient on-line course to enhance the knowledge of English, he said. Urging the students to reap the optimum benefits of the course which is a passport to employment, Warusavitharana, went on to note that by 2020 the scholarship scheme will be expanded to offer 1000 scholarships.

Elucidating on the multi-pronged benefits of the course, Dr. Nandaka Molagoda, representing the Prime Minister’s Policy Development Office, cited ‘convenience’, ‘versatility’ and ‘cost mitigation’ among the salient features of it.



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