SLT-MOBITEL’s Training Center (SLTTC) has achieved a remarkable milestone as the first ever Sri Lankan education Institute to obtain the NVQ Level 6 equivalent status for a Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma program from the Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission (TVEC).
An agreement between SLTTC and TVEC was signed recently with Kiththi Perera, Chief Executive Office of SLT and Dr. K. A. Lalithadheera, Director General of TVEC as signatories confirming that the Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma (Electrical & Electronic Engineering) program conducted at SLT Training Centre, Welisara is now on par with the NVQ Level 6 status.
Commenting the agreement, Kiththi Perera, CEO SLT said, “We are extremely pleased that the SLTTC offered Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma is now equivalent to NVQ Level 6 and the first education institute to be trailblazer. This status provides an unprecedented opportunity for our employees and students to gain access to meaningful and sustainable jobs in emerging market.”
This is a significant achievement for the SLT-MOBITEL as it will provide a greater incentive for employees who possess NVQ 4 i.e., the Technician grade – A15 to A11 to obtain the certification and be qualified to Telecommunication Technical Officer (TTO), Grade 9. Moreover, Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma Holders are now eligible for TTO recruitment in compliance with the company’s recruitment and promotion scheme.
While employees’ children who do not possess O/L qualifications can obtain the NVQ Level 4 qualification and thereafter proceed to the NVQ 6 qualification. For SLTTC the status is a significant milestone in its journey to become a world class training institution.
Additionally, the agreement will enable students who complete their Pearson BTEC Electrical and Electronics Diploma, access to enter the professional job market and seek lucrative careers as the NVQ 6 status a Higher Diploma is a national standard recognised nationally and internationally.
Elaborating, Dr. Ajith Polwatte, PhD, Director – Planning & Research, Director (NVQ) covering up, TVEC stated, “TVEC is delighted to grant the NVQ level 6 equivalent status after a formal evaluation of Pearson HND program in Electronics Technology delivered by the SLT Welisara Training Centre operated by Sri Lanka Telecom PLC. This historic move will benefit young persons who follow Electronic Technology to obtain a qualification recognized by the Government of Sri Lanka. Also, those employed at Sri Lanka Telecom will obtain a chance to follow a quality assured diploma course and secure more employment prospects.”
CSE Director Board appoints new chairman
The Chairman of the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) Dumith Fernando who has served in this role since July 01, 2020, has informed the Board of his intention to retire by rotation on June 23, 2022 at the conclusion of his current term as a Director. Subsequently, at its regular monthly board meeting held on May 19th, 2022, the Board of the CSE has elected Director Dilshan Wirasekara to succeed Fernando as Chairman with effect from June 24th, 2022. Wirasekara is currently Director and Chief Executive Officer of First Capital Holdings PLC.According to the Articles of Association of the CSE, it’s Chair is chosen from among the five Directors elected by the members of the CSE. The appointment of Wirasekara is in line with the CSE’s normal board succession practice.
The outgoing Chairman Fernando said that “We are very pleased with the advancement of the CSE in the last 2 years. The market has set records across capital raising, trading volumes and participation alongside significant wealth creation for investors. The CSE is also financially stronger than it has ever been, and I am pleased to hand over my role following the institution’s highest-ever profitability and capital reserves position. Credit for this is due to my fellow board members, management and staff as well as all those stakeholders who collaborated with us including our regulator the Securities & Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka and the stock broking and investor communities.”
Commenting on the appointment of his successor, he further stated “I have had the pleasure of serving as a Director with Dilshan for five years where he has been a critical and energetic member of the board. The board and I have full confidence that he will continue to work with all stakeholders to build on our recent efforts to transform into a modern-day multi-product exchange. I look forward to supporting Dilshan over the next few weeks to ensure a smooth transition.”Wirasekara thanked both the outgoing chairman for his leadership of the CSE over the last 2 years and the CSE Board for the confidence placed in him. He further stated, “I hope to continue the good progress at the CSE and look forward to working with the Board and the CSE team together with the regulator and the industry to advance our ambitious capital market development plans.”
SLIM Research Bureau embarks on a mission to promote fair trade in Sri Lanka
As corporates and consumers globally are shifting towards best practices such as sustainability, inclusivity, and most importantly, equality to all, “fairness” has become a significant part of how business and buyer decisions are made.With this in mind, SLIM Research Bureau, the research arm associated with the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing (SLIM), recently signed an agreement with Fairtrade NAPP at SLIM Home, in aspiration of promoting fair trade and consumption of fairly traded products in the local market of Sri Lanka.Through this collaboration, SLIM Research Bureau and Fairtrade intends to launch a project – named “SRI-PROM” funded by AICS, the Italian Agency for Development Co-operation, and supported by Fairtrade Italy – that aims to contribute to the social and economic strengthening of rural areas in Sri Lanka, through the development of much more profitable eco-sustainable supply chains for small farmers.
Commenting on the partnership, SLIM President Mr. Nuwan Gamage stated: “SLIM is thrilled to enter into this milestone partnership with Fairtrade NAPP to instil globally accepted best practices within the corporate circle that help achieve fair, equitable trade relationships. The project will be the first step in inviting businesses across industries to become a trailblazer that sets an example both in Sri Lanka and around the world. We look forward to expand these efforts further in the days to come.”The modern concept of fair trade refers to the ethical and sustainable sourcing of products, where workers and farmers at the foundational level of supply and value chains are treated fairly. This, in turn, offers consumers a powerful opportunity to reduce poverty through their purchases.
Fairtrade International Programme Consultant for Sri Lanka, Standards Committee Chair, and Oversight Committee Asia-Pacific Representative Mrs. Iresha Sanjeewanie noted: “Fairtrade takes a 360-degree approach to address a number of different issues and developmental challenges faced by small-scale producers and workers. Though Fairtrade Standards are a glum eye-opener into the implications of unfair trade, in a broader sense, it advocates reform-oriented research and pushes to raise the bar in trade.”
Bank of Ceylon sponsors Annual Sand Paving Ceremony at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi Temple Anuradhapura
Invoking the blessings of the sacred “Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi” situated in the historic city of Anuradhapura, on the country and on all its citizens, for peace, harmony and prosperity, the Bank of Ceylon conducted its annual ceremony of strewing fresh sand which is known as “weli Athirime Pinkama” in “Uda Maluwa” recently.
The ceremony took place with the participation of the Bank’s General Manager K.E.D. Sumanasiri, DGM Corporate and Offshore Banking Priyal Silva, DGM Human Resource Dhamma Wijeyawardhene, DGM Branch operations and Development Banking Nilantha Meneripitiyage, AGM North Central Province Mahinda Bandara, AGM Marketing Aruna Hettiarachchi, AGM North Western Mrs.Ruchindra Perera and other staff members. The event was organized by the Bank’s Assistant General Manager North Central Province (NCP) G.K.G. Mahinda Bandara and staff members of the NCP province with the guidance of the Atamasthanadipathi of Anuradhapura, the Most Venerable Dr. Pallegama Siriniwasa Thero.
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