Govt preparing to direct public servants for foreign employment

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa pointed out the necessity to implement languages and vocational training programmes targeting foreign employment markets.

The Head of State reviewed the progress of the programme to direct the skilled workers to foreign employment markets at a discussion held at the President’s House this morning (25).

The President pointed out that in the face of the current economic downturn, special attention should be paid to generating foreign exchange as well as seizing foreign employment opportunities. He highlighted that by producing skilled workers, more opportunities can be created for higher-paying careers.

The Bureau of Foreign Employment noted that there is a high demand for nursing in many countries, including Europe.

In Japan alone, there are more than 350,000 job vacancies in the elderly-care and catering industry. However, Japanese language proficiency is mandatory.

Owing to this reason and the significant amount of job vacancies available in countries such as Japan, Poland and Romania for skilled workers in various fields, President Rajapaksa pointed out the need to conduct languages and vocational training programmes targeting those available opportunities.

He said these programmes should be implemented expeditiously with the participation of private and public sectors, including the National Apprentice and Industrial Training Authority, the Vocational Training Authority and the Foreign Employment Bureau.

Attention was also drawn to the removal of barriers faced by any person currently in the public service or an employee recruited under the Multipurpose Scheme when leaving for foreign employment.

State Minister of Foreign Employment Promotions and Market Diversification, Manusha Nanayakkara said that the opportunity should be made available when applying for foreign employment in a manner that does not affect seniority.

The Minister added that they could be encouraged to bring foreign remittances by providing vehicle import licenses, housing loans and facilities for school children.

He further said that employment opportunities should be secured through the intervention of the embassies.