Retd Military Veterans learn corporate work
A novel move to extract operational and administrative skills, competencies and experiences that could be tapped for corporate positions, after transforming recently retired military veterans to be productive trailblazers in future too, was launched on Saturday (6) morning as an initiative of Chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority General (retd) Daya Ratnayake, in collaboration with the Intercontinental Institute of Human Resource Management and the Office of the Chief of Defence Staff.
Supported by the Office of the Chief of Defence Staff and service chiefs, Phase-1 of the Course during March would make 25 retired senior officers from Army, Navy and Air Force ‘corporate ready’ with a host of transitional endowments in the maiden ‘Military to Corporate Entrepreneurship Green Card Certification Capsule (M2C)’ course that has been mooted for senior military officers.
The Course will encompass adoption of corporate work ethics and strategic thinking, management of human resources and work agendas, driven by wealth creation on the cutting-edge of technology and knowledge transfer in order to run managements efficiently and productively in a competitive milieu.
The initial Course is with three more batches to follow in successive months. Ranjeewa Kulatunga, Patron for the Alumni of International Public Management Association-HR USA in Sri Lanka and Managing Director of Intercontinental Institute of Human Resource Management (IIHRM) lead the ground-breaking programme under the leadership of General Daya Ratnayake.
Eighteen recently retired Majors General, two Air Vice Marshals, three Rear Admirals and two Commodores are undergoing the Course (Phase-1). The council of nominations is represented by Major General Ajith Kolambathantri, Military Secretary, Air Vice Marshal Roshan Biyanwila, Director Administration SLAF, Rear Admiral Upul de Silva, Director General Personnel SLN and Colonel Sujeewa Rathnayake, M2C Military Coordinating Officer under the direction of three service Commanders in collaboration with the OCDS.
The carefully picked team of corporate trainers and transformational specialists is led by Ranjeewa Kulatunga, Omar Khan, Dr. Dinesh Watawana, Bradley Emerson, Faraz Farook, Marlon Dale Ferreira and Kumara Galhenage and General Daya Ratnayake.
After effective completion of the Course, an invaluable opportunity to harness their superior skills, further cemented with multi-faceted trained modules would be available to the corporate sector since those ‘officers cum gentlemen’ would continue to remain an invaluable asset to the country in the future too.