AHK Sri Lanka and Würth to improve local craftsmanship

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Jul 11 2020
FT AHK Sri Lanka and Würth to improve local craftsmanship

Sign agreement on providing certification for Technipreneurs Lanka PPP  Within the framework of the Rs 60 million Technipreneurs Lanka Public-Private Partnership (PPP), which is co-funded by Würth Lanka and German Development Bank DEG/KfW, Würth Lanka and the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Sri Lanka (AHK Sri Lanka) signed an agreement on the certification of entrepeneurship training for Sri Lanka’s craftsmen.

The agreement was signed on Friday (10) by Würth Lanka Country Manager, Rohan Amirthiah and AHK Sri Lanka Chief Delegate, Andreas Hergenroether, in the presence of German Ambassador, Joern Rohde.

Andreas Hergenroether stated, “There is an urgent need to develop demand-related know-how of craftsmen in Sri Lanka. Our certification, which is inspired by German industry-driven quality control standards, will increase the competitiveness of Sri Lankan craftsmen operating in the wider field of construction.”

There is an increasing demand for professional craftsmen such as electrical, mechanical, air conditioning, plumbing, carpentry, welding, aluminium and general fabrication, and fitters. However, the provided services, while executed by experienced workers, are often delivered in a manner that lacks the necessary standards for proper business conduct. With the increased number of residential apartments – thousands of high-end apartments are currently in the finishing stage – there will be even higher pressure to find skilled and professional craftsmen.

Technipreneurs Lanka is a pilot project to uplift electricians, plumbers, and air condition technicians and thereby create skilled and economically independent craftsmen for Sri Lanka. The project’s aim is to recognise the importance and to increase the professionalism and entrepreneurship of craftsmen.

AHK Sri Lanka will be the certification partner of the project and thereby be responsible for monitoring and certifying the training according to agreed standards, based on German standards, in regard to entry requirements, examination structure, content, and passing marks. AHK certification is aimed at increasing the competitiveness of Sri Lankan craftsman.

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Jul 11 2020

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