SriLankan Airlines once again assisted the
career development of undergraduates of the University of Ruhuna
through its internship programme which honed the skills of 23
undergraduates over a six-month period.
"SriLankan Airlines takes pride in being one of
the most socially responsible companies in the country. We
firmly believe in leading from the: front with respect to
projects to uplift the community and the country," said Sunil
Dissanayake, Head of Human Resources at SriLankan Airlines.
"Twenty-two of the 23: undergraduates who participated in the
programme have now secured employment in various state and
private sector organizations, which is extremely gratifying to
us since it is a measure of the effectiveness of SriLankan’s
training," stated Ranjeewa Kulatunga, Manager — Human Resources
Development and training at SriLankan.
The group spent their time being trained at
various departments of SriLankan, and also underwent training in
management and soft skills at the airline’s Human Resource
Development Centre in Katunayake by both internal and external
trainers. The skills included people management, leadership,
business and social etiquette, how to face an interview,
presentation skills, English speech and effective communication,
and time management.
The programme was launched at the request of Dr.
P. Heawage. Director of Career Guidance at the University. This
is the second group from this university that SriLankan has
trained, and a third programme is on the cards. SriLankan is
also involved with a training programme for undergraduates of
the University of Colombo. The cost of these programmes is borne
by the airline.
Participants were awarded certificates at a
ceremony recently during which they provided role plays and
presentations which highlighted the skills that they learned.
SriLankan Airlines also has its own charity arm,
SriLankan Cares, which conducts a wide array of large and small
community development projects. These range from the adoption of
Meepagama Jayanthi Maha Vidyalaya in the Ratnapura district and
a considerable investment to improve its facilities, to the
distribution of 50,000 schoolbooks to 3,000 children from 14
rural schools in nine districts.
SriLankan Airlines has undertaken a project to
reconstruct a school in the town of Kalmunai in the eastern
Batticaloa district, which was devastated by the Tsunami. The
project will see SriLankan Cares raising the considerable sum of
Rs. 40 million through various fundraising efforts.
SriLankan has a nationwide presence with offices
in Colombo, Katunayake, Kandy, Galle, Dambulla, Kurunegala,
Badulla, Ratnapura, Jaffna, Vavuniya, Trincomalee, Batticaloa,
and Matara. The National Carrier has also built up a globally
recognized reputation for excellence, and its recent accolades
include "Best Airline" in the Central Asia / Subcontinent region
for four consecutive years, "World’s Friendliest Cabin Crew,"
First Runner-Up for "World’s Best Cabin Staff," "World’s Best
Airline" in a survey of Economy class passengers, "World’s Best
In-flight Entertainment," and "Best Airline Turnaround of the
Year 2004". In addition, SriLankan was named by Airbus
Industries as the most reliable airline in the world operating