ICT Industry Skills Council (ICTISC) would like to call for registration of qualified ICT industry professionals for the ICT Industry Resource Pool.
The Resource Pool under the supervision of ICTISC will serve as recognized platform for the trainers/consultants at national level for vocational and tertiary education system.
This scheme promotes a pool of professional’s that are expert in “Information Technology and Related Disciplines” and can play a dynamic and proactive role as a “Professional Trainer/Resource Person”. With these qualified trainers in the pool, ICTISC aims to capitalize its wide industrial network and utilize the services of trainers who can act as change agents by exploiting their knowledge, know-how, competencies and proficiency practically in ICT Sector to deliver training sessions across the country and providing the advisory services in curriculum development and national policies for the TVET sector.
The deadline for registration is on 31st July 2019.
The ICT Industry Skills Council (ICTISC) appointed a new Board of Directors at it’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on 28th Dec 2018 at OZO Colombo.
A leading entrepreneur in the ICT sphere, Chinthaka Wijewickrema – Managing Director Sala Enterprises was elected as the Chairman of the ICT Industry Skills Council whilst Arjuna Manamperi – Institutions of Engineers of Sri Lanka appointed as the Vice Chairman. Hasith Yaggahavita –SLASSCOM (Treasurer), Shanta R Yapa – Avonet (Pvt) Ltd (General Secretary), Abbas Kamrudeen- Debug Computer Peripherals (Pvt) Ltd, Sampath Thrimavithana- Virtusa (Pvt) Ltd, Upendra Peiris -Orel IT (Pvt) Ltd, Poorna Bandara- IFS Research & Development (Pvt) Ltd, Prasad Samarasinghe -Lanka Bell (Pvt) Ltd, L.G. H. Karunarathne -Computer Society of Sri Lanka (CCSL), Alanzo Doll -BCS The Charted Institute for IT, Wellington Perera- Federation of IT Industry Sri Lanka, were elected as the Board Directors of this prestigious council. Since the ICTISC has formed as a Public Sector and Private Sector Collaboration, Ex Officio Directors from the government , Thilina Panduka -Ministry of Skills Development and Vocational Training, Rohan Rodrigo – National Apprentice and Industrial Training Authority , Waruna Sri Dhanapala -Ministry of ICT and Digital Infrastructure, Chammika Gunathilaka -Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission of Sri Lanka were appointed to the Board.
Islamabad Skill Development Council Islamabad and Information and Communication Technology Industry Skill Council (ICTISC) Sri Lanka have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to expand bilateral cooperation in skill development. The MoU aims at expanding bilateral cooperation in teaching and training programs between the two countries.
SDC Islamabad Board Members said that Pakistan’s policy makers can learn from the successful Education-cum-Training system implemented in Sri Lanka.
Chairman Skill Development Council Islamabad Akram Farid chaired the MoU signing ceremony and Chairman ICTISC Poorna Bandara was the chief guest at the occasion. They agreed to exchange master trainers to benefit from each other’s experiences, Pakistan Observer reported.
During the opening address, Akram Farid said that the two countries would benefit from each other’s experiences to optimally utilize large human resource in both countries.
“We can take sizable share in the Asian human capital market. We need to be self-sufficient in skilled human resource to reap fruits of the ongoing economic activity in the country especially in the post CPEC scenario,” he said.
Chairman Skill Development Council apprised that internationally recognized certificates by skill councils guarantee jobs within country and abroad. He said that training on subjects like Supply Chain Management and Information & Communication Technology are need of the day. He urged that Sri Lanka can cooperate in reforming Pakistan’s educational system to include skill promotion as well.
Mr. Poorna Bandara said that Sri Lanka is moving ahead with a fast pace to make country a digital world making full use of communication and information technology. The national policy makers are working together to imbed required skill set in youth during primary and secondary education. Future relates more to skills and less to formal education, the Sri Lankan Chairman Skill Council said. The two countries need to exchange master trainers for training the trainers, he added.
Mr. Poorna said the MoU will help Pakistan stay competitive in the global human capital market. Sri Lanka enjoys good relations with Pakistan that can be converted into opportunities for both sides. There was still a lot to do to promote tourism in both countries, Mr. Poorna added.
He said that education, training and tourism are closely linked with each other. Mr. Poorna apprised that special attention is given to character building of students from class one to 10 in Sri Lanka. He stressed the need to learn from each other’s experiences in fields of education and training.
Saqib Mohiuddin, Chairman Steering Committee on Entrepreneurship, said that improving quality of training means improving per capita income that is directly related to the prosperity index of a nation. We need to identify the skill set required by different age groups to enrich them to meet challenges of job market in future.
Board Member Skill Development Council Islamabad Mrs. Fatima Azeem drew attention of both Skill Councils to education and training of women. The house unanimously agreed to focus on training of women so that they could become an active part of society, contribute to economy and become an earning hand for themselves and for their families.
ICT industry has set an ambitious goal of achieving 5B USD by 2022. ICT being a people game, the key to this achievement is the availability of skilled talent pool at competitive cost. The current ICT workforce is about 80,000 and the industry would require annual increase of at-least 20,000 per annum. Thus the industry has a gap of about 10,000 skilled ICT personnel per annum. ICT skills council has a unique proposition which we see as “silver bullet” of producing large numbers of exceptionally skilled workforce at an affordable cost.
ICT Industry Skills Council together with Tertiary, Vocational and Training Sector are ready to fulfill country’s requirement. The proposed model is a joint venture between industry, government, academia and donor agencies. In summary, the model enrolls selected candidates from A/L and shall be given recognized industry advocated training and deploys them in the industry. Part time degree shall be conducted during week-ends enabling candidates to work during the week.
ICT Industry skills councils one of major objective is to reduce the skills gap and decrease the unemployability of the sector. As a solution council has identified several important activities which needs to be implemented soon in TVET sector. Industry Relevant Curricula have been produced by the council under the supervision of industry. Moreover, council is going to introduce “Graduate-ship” program as a sustainable solution for enemployability.
Information and Communication Technology Industry Skills Council (ICTISC) have had Establishment E-learning in National level as one of it’s prioritized tasks. University of Kelaniya had taken initiative with the collaboration of government to establish E-learning Center in Sri Lanka by the time ICT council was formed. As both parties have same interest of contributing in a national task, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between ICTISC and National E-Learning Resource Center (NELRC) of the University of Kelaniya, on 07th of April 2017, with the intention of delivering IT skills using e-learning.
This agreement was signed between Prof. D. M. Semasinghe, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kelaniya and Mr. M. B. M. Poornabandara, the President of ICTISC. The purpose of this agreement is to cooperate among the University and companies in business industry, to introduce an e-learning system for the students who have completed their high school Education and aren’t qualified for the university entrance and to develop their Information and communication technology skills.
National E-Learning Resource Center (NELRC) and ICTISC will create E-learning programs together and will introduce E-learning courses for the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) 2nd level to 5th level.
Mr. Daya Hettiarachchi the Director of Openarc System institute, Mr. S. Muralidaran the General Manager of Sampath Information Technology Solution, Dr. Viraj Pinto Jayewardena, CEO Matrix Institute of Information Techonology, Mr. Sherry Wawwage, Manager of ICT Industry Skills Council represented ICTISC at the ceremony.
Prof. D. M. Semasinghe, the Vice-Chancellor of University of Kelaniya, Dr. Gamini Wijerathne, the Dean of Faculty of Computing and Technology, Dr. Namalee Suraweera, the Director of National E-Learning Resource Center of University of Kelaniya, Dr. Kaushalya Yatigammana and Senior Lecturer Darshana Somarathne, the Vice Presidents of National E-Learning Resource Center of University of Kelaniya, Dr. Prashanthi Narangoda, Head of the Visual Arts & Design and Performing Arts Unit, Lecturer Upul Jayantha Ranepura, Mr. Mangala Keerthi Pesqual, the Media Coordinator participated in this event.
ICT Industry Skills Council assists National E-learning with relevant industry input to deliver industry relevant contents. Moreover, council acts as the quality assurance, coordinating and advisory body for e-learning for vocational education for the Industry Sector councils.