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StrEdge Academy launches training modules to meet new work arrangements

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StrEdge Academy, the training arm of the StrEdge Group of Companies and the latest addition to the Group has designed several training programs to cater to the new world of work. Meeting the demand for virtual training, StrEdge Academy programs are conducted remotely assuring the health and safety of the participants and the trainers, a company news release said.

“StrEdge offers a broad spectrum of services including Business Strategy Defining, Planning and Implementation, Human Resource Strategy, Business Process Reengineering, Financial Restructuring and Advisory, Business Advisory, Technology Advisory, Design, Development and Implementation of Technology solutions, Leadership training, Project Management and Operational Excellence,” it said.

The Psychometric Assessment based individual and group coaching program of the Academy is designed to help businesses and people reach their true potential.

‘Psychometric Assessment is a great scientific tool to help individuals dispel their limiting beliefs and identify their true potential. This also helps retain talent and find the right successor. Furthermore, with limited physical human interaction in the present pandemic-induced world, the validity of this tool is unprecedented for recruitment, development and retention of talent,” explains Janaka Epasinghe, Director, StrEdge Group.

Epasinghe who brings to the table several decades of experience in transformation projects is one of the lead trainers and consultants of the Academy. He is a Psychometric Assessment Practitioner and Coach accredited by ‘Assessment 24×7’, a global leader in assessments.

With the objective of upskilling Operation Managers with tools and techniques required to create operational excellence, the Academy has introduced an Operations Management Program. Among the other programs launched by the Academy are the Transformational Leadership, Change Management and Customised Lean Training focused on solving actual business problems.

“We have already conducted several Customised Lean Trainings for Internal Audit Departments, Recoveries and Operations Departments of several companies including corporates and mid-corporates,” said Epasinghe

Several programs are specially designed targeting the pandemic-induced work arrangements. “The work-from-home model and policy was specially designed to help organizations understand the key aspects of working from home and enable their employees to carry out their duties remotely. We deliver both on-site and on-line training and in order to make our on-line training as engaging as possible, we use several approaches including online group activities, online white board systems etc.” Epasinghe noted.

A range of IT related training programs are also offered by the Academy. Software Development for Beginners and Professionals, Mobile Application Development for those who are willing to advance their career as software engineers and Web Development and Social Media Marketing are among them. “The participants of these programs have the bonus of getting hands-on experience and knowledge from IT consultants of StrEdge Tech Solutions – the technology arm of the StrEdge Group. Furthermore, these are designed to enrich the participants to be immediately recruited to the industry. We treat this is to be very crucial and urgent since it is a national requirement today to be competitive in this technology-driven world which is also full of new frontiers as well as challenges,” remarked Director/CEO, StrEdge Tech, Udaya Samaradivakara.

StrEdge Academy also plans to diversify its training by adding Effective Communication Strategies and Business and Personal Transformation Coaching to its portfolio, noted Director/CEO, StrEdge Advisory Sumedha Wijesekera. “The experience of our consultants who are engaged in real business environments is translated to a practical and a balanced message to the audience. It is a real value addition to our clientele as the learning experience comes from ground reality. While the core business of StrEdge is to provide solutions – be it business or personal., the objective of the StrEdge Academy is to bring problem solving philosophy to the stage,” Wijesekera further said.



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Assetline Leasing recognised at SLIM People’s Awards

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Assetline Leasing Company Limited (ALCL) was nominated for “SLIM People’s Financial Services Provider of the Year” category at the recently held SLIM People’s Awards 2021 at BMICH, Colombo.

As a specialized leasing company with a network of 53 branches located Islandwide, ALCL has been able to carve a name for itself as a leading financial services providers by continuing to fulfill the financial needs people from all walks of life with an innovative and reliable portfolio of leasing and loan products that are geared to improve the livelihood of individuals and families whilst enriching their lifestyles. Access to financial services, particularly by SMEs and entrepreneurs, has always been a key area of ALCL’s focus.

Commenting on the achievement, Ajantha Premasiri, Chief Marketing Officer, ALCL, said; “We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to our valuable and loyal customers, business partners and team Assetline for their unwavering support in securing this nomination in the category of “SLIM People’s Financial Services Provider of the year”.

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DIMO forum focuses on youth skills for employment and entrepreneurship

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DIMO celebrated ‘World Youth Skills Day’ by shining the spotlight on the importance of equipping the youth with skills for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship, through a webinar titled ‘Job Demand and Vocational Education – Fuelling Dreams and Aspirations of the Youth’, held recently.

The keynote speaker at the webinar was a renowned expert in the industry, Mangala P.B. Yapa the Director General / CEO of Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, while the panel consisted of leading Human Resources professionals Dilrukshi Kurukulasuriya the Chief Human Resources Officer of DIMO, Chinthaka Premaratne the Group Director Human Resources of Fairway Holdings and Ishan Dantanarayana the Group Chief People Officer of Brandix. The event was moderated by Yohan Thilakaratne the Head of Corporate Communications of DIMO. Vocational Training is a key attribute in DIMO’s sustainability agenda and the forum ‘Job Demand and Vocational Education – Fuelling Dreams and Aspirations of the Youth’ was the latest initiative of DIMO to empower the dynamic youth with the correct skills.

During his keynote address, Mangala P.B. Yapa stated, “Knowledge, skills and employment are 3 elements that are inter-connected in a complex manner. Today, knowledge has surpassed skills and therefore, receives prominence. However, I believe that knowledge which does not develop skills, does not do justice to society. Through vocational education, what we attempt to do is to develop both knowledge and skills.”

 

 

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CA Sri Lanka Annual Report Awards makes a comeback this year

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In its continuing determination to crown the most brilliant financial reports produced in the country, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka) will present the prestigious Annual Reports Awards competition this year, incorporating new concessions on account of COVID-19, whilst also automating the marking system for the first time in the competition’s history.

Applications for the 56th Annual Report Awards competition 2021 will be accepted from 15th August 2021 onwards. Organisations ranging from multinationals to blue-chip companies, conglomerates, small and medium businesses, state corporations, statutory bodies and even NGOs and NPOs which produce annual reports can vie for this year’s top honours.

Known to promote transparency, corporate governance, sustainability and social responsibility, the competition’s grand comeback this year was announced at a press conference on Tuesday.

The Annual Report Awards commands a history of over half a century, but following COVID, the Institute decided not to proceed with the competition last year on grounds that the competition would not yield the required benefits for the participating companies due to the challenges stemming from the pandemic and the related crisis.

Addressing the press conference, Jayesinghe said that as the sole authority to promulgate accounting and auditing standards in Sri Lanka, the Institute has taken every effort necessary to implement a world class accounting framework, which will result in long-term benefits to the country including bringing in vital investments such as FDIs.

He said that an annual report is recognised as the single most important document for readers and potential investors to understand the financial state of a company as well as its positive contribution not only towards the company’s bottom line but also to the country and society.

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