The Hayleys Plantations Sector set a new benchmark for human resource development with the successful awarding of Sri Lanka’s first-ever National Skills Passport (NSP) and National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) to Field Officers.
Enhancing their competencies around sustainable plantations business operations, 70 Field Officers from Kelani Valley Plantations PLC (KVPL), Talawakelle Tea Estates PLC (TTEL) and Horana Plantations PLC (HPL) successfully completed the programme.
At the convocation ceremony, Hayleys Plantations Managing Director, Dr. Roshan Rajadurai stated, “Our mission at Hayleys Plantations is to enable a new approach to Plantations Management, merging experience-based knowledge with advanced technical knowledge.
“With the introduction of the NVQ and Skills Passport, we are helping our team elevate their capabilities and expertise, in order to build a vibrant, digitally empowered workforce. I congratulate each member of the team on completing these programmes, and look forward to seeing them develop as leading plantations Field Officers in the country, continuing their professional development and making a difference on-ground.”
The programmes are a four-partite initiative between the Employers Federation of Ceylon (EFC), International Labour Organisation (ILO) – Colombo Office, National Apprentice and Industrial Training Authority (NAITA) and Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission (TVEC). The technical support provided from National Apprentice and Industrial Training Authority (NAITA), was launched under the guidance of the Skills Development, Employment and Labour Relations Ministry.
Field staff members at Hayleys Plantations with over a year’s experience and commendable performance records were selected and evaluated by NAITA on theoretical and practical aspects. On completing the programme, the first batch of Field Officers were awarded NVQ certificates and a Digital Skills Passport smart card with a QR code, facilitating convenient online access to their skills portfolio.
“Given the success of the first phase, we are confident that the NVQ Skills Passport will help empower our team to innovate new solutions to resolve long-standing challenges in our industry. Moving forward, we are committed to continuously upholding and enhancing our practices, which have already won national and International acclaim – a commitment that has ensured we are ranked among the top three RPCs in the country,” Kelani Valley Plantations Head/ General Manager HR & Corporate Sustainability, Anuruddha Gamage stated.
A dedicated NSP online portal provides NSP holders with a gateway to find suitable jobs and access to reskilling and upskilling opportunities, locally and internationally. It is connected to employees, employers, qualification bodies and labour market intermediaries.
The NSP is directly linked to the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) platform, which helps recognise informally acquired knowledge, skills and competencies through formal assessments and certifications.
This can be used to help employees create a comprehensive virtual portfolio of skills and qualifications with their references and experience, in alignment with multiple skill assessment frameworks. By enabling access to this e-document, NSP can be a career guide for workers to open future growth opportunities.
A centrepiece of the Sri Lankan economy, the Hayleys Group maintains a global presence across five regions with business interests spanning 16 diverse sectors. Accounting for USD 600 million of the country’s foreign earnings and 4.2% of the nation’s total export income, Hayleys is a champion of sustainable innovation and represents one of Sri Lanka’s most prominent success stories. Hayleys is Sri Lanka’s number one corporate for 2021, as ranked by that nation’s leading business publications.
Wing Commander (Retd.) D. Pradeep S. Kannangara elected president, Industrial Security Foundation
The Industrial Security Foundation (ISF) which acts as the sole organization in Sri Lanka to represent the Private Security industry having incorporated by an Act passed in the Parliament, Act No. 51 of 1999, elected Wing Commander (Retd.) Pradeep Kannangara as its President for the years 2022/2023 at its 30th annual General Meeting which was held at the PIM Auditorium in Borella. Wing Commander Pradeep Kannangara was appointed President while 14 other members were appointed to the Executive Committee, strengthening the ISF in order to drive and uplift the standards of the private security industry in Sri Lanka.
He has served on the ExCo consecutively since 2012 under four different presidents where he held the positions of Senior Vice President during the last three consecutive years. He has also been a committed member of the ISF and was awarded prestigious coveted FISF title due to his many valuable contributions to the organization and the Private Security Industry in Sri Lanka in 2012.
Wing Commander Kannangara’s journey into private security began after a successful career in the Sri Lanka Air Force for over 24 years where he served in many capacities finally being the Officer Commanding of the Special Air Borne Force. A recipient of the Ranasura Padakkama (RSP) Gallantry award for his bravery, sacrifices and service to the nation by the President of the Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in 1990. He holds a Master’s in business management from the Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia too and serves as a Board Director in AB Securitas (Private) Limited in Sri Lanka and AB Securitas Bangladesh Limited.
Kitchen & Bedroom reaffirms its partnership with Häfele Sri Lanka
Kitchen & Bedroom, a name synonymous in the interior designing and furniture sector in the country recently celebrated its long-standing partnership with Häfele Sri Lanka during the latter’s 12th year anniversary celebratory event, reaffirming its ambitious plans to further strengthen and explore the numerous opportunities available here.
Häfele Sri Lanka, part of Häfele India which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Hafele Global network, is a technology partner for various projects and initiatives of Kitchen & Bedroom. Both the companies operate in the interior design space, sharing their cumulative knowledge and expertise to provide extensive and personalized solutions catering to domestic requirements.
‘We take great pride in our association with Häfele Sri Lanka having exchanged and collaborated on many projects both commercial and household. We share similar values such as providing high quality, sustainable, functional and customized solutions to our customers, and most importantly to guide them through every aspect and step of the project and how best we could bring out their desired design,’ said Dr. Sacquaff, Kitchen & Bedroom Group CEO.
DSI strengthens its islandwide presence with three new showrooms
Amid the prevailing economic hardships faced by Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka’s premier footwear brand DSI recently expanded its islandwide presence in the country with the opening of three new showrooms in Kahawatta, Akuressa, and Chavakachcheri, with the aim of offering greater access to its diversified product range to a wider customer base.
Gracing the special occasion, the showrooms were declared open by D. Samson & Sons (Pvt.) Ltd. Managing Director Thusitha Rajapaksa, in the presence of Director Asanka Rajapaksa, General Manager Pradeep Samarathunga, National Sales Manager – Retail Sales Naleen Weerawardana, invitees, and well-wishers.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Thusitha Rajapaksa stated: “We are excited about expanding DSI wings to three new locations. Despite the ongoing economic conditions of the country, we took a call to take a proactive measure to expand our islandwide presence. While it has been a challenge, the commitment and hard work of our team has made it possible to serve our loyal customers better, and we are confident that we will be able to continue these efforts in the future as well.”
DSI is renowned for its well-trained staff who offer exceptional customer service. The three new DSI showrooms prioritize providing a unique service and customer support to make purchasing further convenient for the customer.
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