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Skills Day 2020

Skills Day 2020

Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

In order to celebrate World Skills Day 2020, Ministry of Skills Development, Employment and Labour Relations have planned a series of events adhering to the COVID 19 security measures.

  • International Webinars


  1. Vocational Training Towards Employment Opportunities by Dr. T. Piyasiri (NEC Board member, Former DG-TVEC, Former VC-UNIVOTEC)
  2. Soft Skills and Aesthetic Skills for the Youth Development by Ms. Louise Cowcher (British Council Country Director)
  3. Be the First – Youth Job Opportunities after the COVID Pandemic by Ms. Simrin Singh (ILO Country Director)
  4. Skills for a Resilient Youth by Prof. Shyamal Majumdar (UNESCO UNIVOC former head)


  • YouTube Series


  1. Be a Tech-Savvy Person to see the World Differently by Purna Bandara (Vice President Europe Middle East and Asia, WIA Systems Inc.)
  2. Enhancing the Creativeness and Innovativeness to deal with the Problems occurred due the Pandemic by Mr. Deepal Sooriyaarachchi (Mindful Executive)
  3. How to be a Culinary Genius in the Hotel Industry by Mr. Gerard Mendis (Master chocolatier and award-winning pastry chef)
  4. Would you like to Confront Challenges? It is Time to Start Your Own Business by Deshabandu Mr.K.H. Wegapitiya ( Founder and the Executive Chairman of Laugfs Holding Limited)

Skills Passport Launch


Skills Passport will be launched by the Hon. Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.

To mark the event, 10 successful entrepreneurs who have followed TVET courses and obtained NVQ certificates will be awarded Skills Passports as a digital card by Hon. Prime Minister.


  • TV Panel Discussions


Live panel discussions in main Sri Lankan TV Channels will be telecasted with the participation of Institute heads and experts in the industry

  • Pre and Post TVET promoting YouTube video series

About 20 YouTube video clips will be uploaded with the participation of Key Opinion Leaders, Youth Ambassadors, Public and private sector professionals, Students and Parents, for attracting youth for the vocational training.

Prof. Shyamal Majumdar
Former Head of UNESCO- UNEVOC
Skills for Resilient Youth
15th July 2020 @ 03.00 PM (IST)

Dr. T. A. Piyasiri
Board member, National Education Commission Sri Lanka
Former Director General -TVEC
Former Vice Chancellor -UNIVOTEC
Vocational Training Towards Employment Opportunities
15th July 2020 @ 10.00 AM (IST)

Ms. Louise Cowcher
Director, British Council, Sri Lanka
Soft Skills and Aesthetic Skills for the Youth Development
15th July 2020 @ 11.00 AM (IST)

Ms. Simrin Singh
Country Director, ILO – Sri Lanka
Be the First –Youth Job Opportunities after the Covid Pandemic
15th July 2020 @ 02.00 PM (IST)

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