The Sri Lanka German Training Institute: SLGTI

Established to offer meaningful vocational training for young adults, the Sri Lanka-German Training Institute (SLGTI) in Kilinochchi is providing training programmes that are demand-driven and cater to the needs of the labour market in accordance with the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) framework.


To be an internationally recognised technical training institute.

SLGTI will be known internationally as an outstanding vocational training institute for professionally recognised and practice-oriented technical training programmes at NVQ Level 4, 5 and 6, which contribute to a unique learning experience. SLGTI generates excellent employment opportunities for all students.generates excellent employment opportunities for all students.


We are a state-of-the-art technical training institute in Sri Lanka that provides a high quality and demand-oriented educational environment by focusing on social integration and technology transfer.

The Sri Lanka-German Training Institute – also known as ‘GermanTech North’ – is committed to educating, preparing, and inspiring young adults for the 21st century. Promoting demand-oriented, international recognized technical vocational and higher technical education for the industrial sector. SLGTI is supporting the reconciliation process and serving the community in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka. Being a technological hub SLGTI is supporting technology transfer to the industrial sector of the northern region.


  • We believe in professional and personal growth of our students, and life-long learning.
  • We value excellence in an open-minded work- and study-environment.
  • We embrace and integrate technology in the classrooms, and in business.
  • We strive to introduce and promote the global spirit of innovation, and entrepreneurship.
  • We are committed to continual improvement of our teaching performance and operations to exceed student’s expectations.
  • We recognise the dignity of every person, and repect cultural and religious diversity.
  • We are dedicated to the success of our students.


SLGTI is offering a unique training programme in Sri Lanka that provides vocational training on high quality for National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) on level 4 and higher technical education on level 5 and 6.  The state-of-the-art vocational training institute is supporting you to find new job opportunities for your career. The institute is offering for young women and young men a diverse range of trainings in the fields of Automotive Technology, Construction Technology, Electronics and Electrical Technology, Food Processing Technology, Information and Communication Technology, and Mechanical Technology.

What are your benefits?

The training at SLGTI is based on labour market needs, backed by On-the-Job training (OJT) and hands-on experience. The benefits you will receive are:
  1. The training is linked to the needs of the private sector, to give you the best possibilities to find a highly recognised job.
  2. You will learn English and soft skills to be competitive at the national and international market.
  3. If you wish, you will be trained on entrepreneur development to start your own business (will be provided in 2018).
  4. You will be supported to find OJT in branded companies, in order to collect real working experience at the best conditions.


The classes are conducted by trainers undergone an international training. Also international staff are ensuring the high quality of the training. The buildings in Kilinochchi are newly constructed. The equipment is state of the art. The classrooms and workshops are designed to have the best conditions to teach in the specified trades. SLGTI offers the following facilities as well:
  • Dormitories
  • Canteen
  • Childcare facilities/Kindergarten


SLGTI is a national institution open to all citizens who are at the age of 16 or above. The vocational training institute offers programmes for those who are following a career path through the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) system or follow the stream of technical colleges. Entry requirements for the related NVQ Level 4-6 programmes and a list of available NVQ programmes are given below. Students who meet the given requirements may apply at SLGTI accordingly:

NVQ Level-4 Programmes

Requirements: Pass at the GCE (O/L) Examination in 06 subjects Available NVQ Level-4 Programmes:
  • Automobile Mechanics
  • Baker
  • Construction Site Supervisor
  • Electrician
  • ICT Technician
  • Machinist
  • Motorcycle / 3 Wheel Engine Mechanic
  • Refrigeration & A/C Mechanic

Bridging course for NVQ Level-5 Programmes

Requirements: Successfully complete NVQ Level-3 in a relevant field, or Pass at the GCE (A/L) Examination in 03 subjects Available bridging courses for NVQ Level-5 Programmes:
  • Bridging Automotive Technology
  • Bridging Construction Technology
  • Bridging Food Technology
  • Bridging ICT Technology
  • Bridging Mechanical Technology
  • Bridging Mechatronics Technology

NVQ Level-5 Programmes

Requirements: Successfully complete NVQ Level-4 in a relevant field, or successfully complete Bridging course for NVQ Level-5 Available NVQ Level-5 programmes:
  • Automotive Technology
  • Construction Technology
  • Food Technology
  • ICT Technology
  • Mechatronics Technology
  • Production Technology

NVQ Level-6 Programmes

Requirements: Successfully completion of NVQ Level-5 in a relevant field Available programmes:
  • ICT Technology
  • Mechantronics Technology


The institute is developed under the supervision of the Ministry of Skills Development and Vocational Training. SLGTI is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Implementing agencies are the German Development Bank (KfW) and German International Cooperation (GIZ).  SLGTI is a national vocational training institute functioning under the National Apprentice and Industrial Training Authority (NAITA).


The registration of institutions and their courses gives confidence to students, parents, employers, Government and all stakeholders, that training content, student assessment and certification meet specified standards. Students and parents are able to identify recognised training providers and courses. Institutions benefit as the registration and subsequent guidance by the TVEC helps improve the internal and external efficiency of the training provided by them. Recognition by the Government consolidates the status of training institutions thus improving their access to resource support from various agencies. The Government is able to achieve its objective of maintaining an effective training system that can meet the human resources needs of the economy.

Registration of training institution is done according to the clause No. 14 of Tertiary and Vocational Education Act no. 20.
SLGTI is registered since 16th of February 2017. Refer: Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission

Click here to view the Certificate of Registration


The Sri Lankan – German collaboration in the Vocational Training sector spans over five decades. It all began with the creation of the Ceylon German Technical Training Institute (CGTTI), borne out of an idea that emerged in the early 1950s. It shows that Germany has always been a supporter of development in Sri Lanka, and this is more the case when it comes to Vocational Training with Germany having played, in fact still playing a major role in the development of the entire Vocational Training Sector in Sri Lanka. From the creating of CGTTI and subsequently the Apprentice Training Institute (ATI), the Ceylon German Railway Training Institute (SLGRTI) and the Farm Mechanization Training Centre (FMTC) to the introduction of new concepts such as the dual system, integrating entrepreneurship and standardization of training programmes Germany continues to play a vital role in the Vocational Training sector in Sri Lanka.

Since the early 1970s, German International Cooperation (GIZ) has been the key player in implementing development projects on behalf of the German Government. The GIZ during the 1980s and 90s have contributed to the conceptual and physical development of the Vocational Training system ensuring that innovative concepts are introduced in keeping with those in the developed world. In the aftermath of the tsunami, GIZ undertook the rehabilitation of several affected technical colleges. Since the conclusion of the war projects have been designed to cater to the rehabilitation and reconstruction needs in the war torn areas and the German Government continues to support the Vocational Training sector in Sri Lanka. Currently, Germany is the most important donor and technical partner for Vocational Training in Sri Lanka.

A landmark project was initiated by GIZ in 2012; the Vocational Training in the North and East of Sri Lanka (VTN) aimed to establish a state-of-the-art vocational training centre in Kilinochchi, much like the CGTTI over 50 years ago. On 18th of July 2016 the Sri Lanka – German Training Institute (SLGTI) in Kilinochchi was declared open by the President H.E. Maithripala Sirisena. Almost 300 students (selected among 1,100 applicants) started their vocational training at GermanTech North. Today SLGTI provides war affected youth and communities in the North an opportunity to enhance their skills according to the requirements of the current labour market, it will provide them much needed access to resources that have so far been deprived to them due to the war. It will be another contribution that Germany makes to the Vocational Training System in the country.

In the aftermath of a war in which many men and women lost their lives, there is a new beginning that is being pursued; a path has been opened to enhance skills and encourage attitudinal change that will support young people to define their lives anew. This has given them hope and direction – setting demands and challenges for them to move ahead. Using the collaboration of these two nations as the base, SLGTI will equip young people with market oriented skills, adding close coaction with the private sector into the equation. This new state-of-the-art training centre established in the Northern region will revolutionize vocational training especially for the youth of the North and East who had thus far been bereft of an opportunity for skills development and consequently employment.