Sun, Jul 14, 2013, 10:20 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
July 14, Colombo: The foreign employment authority in Sri Lanka has commenced training programs for local migrant workers to West Asian countries.
The Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau (SLFEB) has said that the programme is currently limited to workers going to Saudi Arabia.
SLFEB Deputy General Manager Mangala Randeniya said the programme will expand by 2014 to workers going to other West Asian countries as well.
He noted that the SLFEB had taken about five years to develop the training programme, including a one-year test run and the Bureau expected it to take time to expand the programme to domestic workers travelling to other West Asian countries.
According to the SLFEB, there are currently 25 training centers across the country and the training programme consists of a vocational training module which teaches workers how to perform tasks such as housekeeping, laundry work and home gardening; a foreign language module and a common competency module that discusses pre-departure preparation, work attitudes and financial management.
This module is to also cover possible obstacles in and out of the workplace, and how to overcome them.