The meeting was organised by NAITA to initialize the cooperation required for a successful establishment and operation of the SLGTI in Killinochchi. Based on the experience of the German Dual-Training System in TVET an involvement of the target industry of SLGTI is essential for the success and long-term sustainability of the training centre. The meeting was chaired by the NAITA Chairman Dr. A. U. C. Athukorala
During the meeting the GIZ introduced the benefits for companies in a close cooperation. Beside the huge success of the German Dual System of TVET the GIZ also made a number of successful experiences in many other countries where it has been proved that if companies are taking a guiding role in TVET institute there are real and present benefit for the companies. Usually companies need to invest into training of their own employees in order to maintain a good quality and maintain their competitiveness. In cooperating with SLGTI the companies will have access to a pool of well-trained graduates.
During the in-plant training the companies will have a unique opportunity to get to know there possible future staff. By guiding the institute in its educational way it will be ensured the training at the institute is relevant for the companies.
The NAITA chairman Dr. A. U. C. Athukorala gave the message that NAITA as the responsible agency for SLGTI is looking for a close cooperation with the related companies in Sri Lanka. He suggested organizing an educational panel at SLGTI with members from those companies. This educational panel shall guide the institute in on its future way providing highly qualified cadres to the industry in Sri Lanka.
NAITA requires industry to support in the training of trainers and to keep the trainers abreast with technology changes
Another needed support from companies is the seconding of visiting lecturers from the companies to the institute. This will help the institute to teach what is most relevant and also introducing new techniques and technologies.
At the meeting the resonance form the companies were very positive and quite a number of positive and constructive feedback statements were given by the companies.
In-Plant Training for students
In general the companies are open for in-plant training of students in their premises and most if not all of them have already experiences with such programmes. Some companies expressed their interest that the students will be in the companies at the end of the training programme this will ensure that the selected candidate will join the company after graduation. As it is in the interest of SLGTI to send students also at a much earlier stage a compromise need to be discussed.
Part-time trainers at SLGTI
The companies showed a lot of willingness and understanding that the SLGTI requires additional trainers from the companies to conduct specific technology classes.
It was mentioned that it may be good if experts from companies could volunteer to explain at the start of the programmes the nature of the later job and the requirements in the job. NAITA and GIZ will approach the companies for possible part-time teachers.
Anyhow it was clearly mentioned that the overall responsibility for training will remain with the assigned lecturer / instructor of SLGTI and the experts from industry will support them.
Support by training material and equipment
It was also mentioned that the SLGTI will require also some support in training material and equipment provided by companies. Generally this could be old, out placed devices and equipment which could still serve for training on principles of technologies in SLGTI.
Wuerth Company also offered to support SLGTI by providing access to their E-Training system.