Ten labourer job vacancies at CGR attract more than 13,000 applications



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by Sanath Nanayakkare


"A recent government advertisement to fill ten labourer job vacancies at the Ceylon Government Railway (CGR) had attracted more than13,000 applications and that's the level of 'entitlement mentality' Sri Lankans had shown to get a job in a government department, W.K.K Athukorala, Secretary to the Ministry of Housing and Construction revealed last week at the Symposium on Sustainable Construction held at Idikirim Medura in Battaramulla.


"Time has come to make the construction sector more rewarding to work, to meet its labour shortage. Also, the sector needs to be more regulated in terms of occupational hazards and to minimize the social stigma attached to jobs in the sector, she said.


"In fact, the prospects for construction workers in the formal, organized construction sector is a lot better now than in the past We are educating the rural youth on lucrative opportunities in the construction sector which they wouldn't otherwise know. It is encouraging to see that more and more rural youth are now attracted by the advanced training, the lure of overseas jobs and social mobility the construction sector offers, she noted.


This symposium was facilitated at the National Construction Association of Sri Lanka auditorium, which was jointly organized by the National Construction Association of Sri Lanka (NCASL), Advanced Construction Training Academy (ACTH), Construction Industry Skill Council (CISC), Maga Engineering, Holcim Lanka and World University Service of Canada (WUSC).


During the symposium, World University Services of Canada's Advancing Specialized Skills for Economic Transformation (ASSET) model on training youth was shared by Fenton Ltd, as they have implemented this model successfully in training and engaging youth at Fentons.


ASSET aims to train youth and women in the four major growth sectors of Sri Lanka including the construction sector. ASSET is a five year project that will increase the income potential of 4,000 young men and women from all social backgrounds by supporting equitable employment in the expanding trades and technology sectors. The project, implemented by WUSC in eleven districts of Sri Lanka, spans four provinces (North, North West, East and South).


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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