The benefits of ongoing mega development projects, being carried out by the Government all over the country including in the Port City and in Hambantota will immensely help to solve the most important unemployment problem of our youth.
Minister of Law and order and Southern Development Sagala Ratnayake made these remarks at the opening of the EDEX Mid –Year Expo 2017 and Job Fair, organized by Royal College Union. The Exhibition was held at Sri Lanka Exhibition and Convention Centre. ILO, Country Director Simrin Singh, Principle Royal College B.A. Abeyratna, EDEX , Chairman Mahinda Galagedera were also present.
Addressing the gathering Minister Ratnayake highlighted the invaluable service rendered by EDEX over the past decade to help thousands of younger generation to improve their educational activities and thereafter to find employment here and abroad.
He said the Government expects to work with EDEX in the future for the sake of future generation. While thanking EDEX organizers for starting career guidance programmes for students considering their future well-being, the Minister said even in the Western world such career guidance starts for students from their early stages.
Speaking further on the progress of Government’s economy development, the Minister said there will be no shortage of job opportunities in the country after the success of these ongoing development programmes. The Minister also visited educational stalls and shared the views with officials about the available educational courses and also about available jobs.
According to EDEX organizers over 8,000 schoolchildren, school leavers, university students and job seekers visited the exhibition on Saturday and over 20,000 are expected during the two days. ILO, Country Director Simrin Singh thanked EDEX organizers for conducting such exhibitions for the benefit of future generation and highlighted the importance of learning the subject of Information technology by students.
EDEX,Chairman Mahinda Galagedera said EDEX from its inception in 2004 helped thousands of Sri Lankan youth to receive higher education and trainings in various fields. He said EDEX also encourage local youth to be entrepreneurs who could create employment to job seekers.
Chairman Galagedera further said the exhibition will help participants to select academic, vocational, technical and professional courses and post graduate programmes which will be offered by both local and foreign educational institutions.
It is said all educational institutions which tie up with the EDEX organizing committee have agreed to offer discounted course fees , full or partial scholarships and many other offers with financial support options for the benefit of students.
Sources : dailynews