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Berendina recognizes academic achievements of vulnerable youth

23rd of June 2017: Berendina Employment Centre (BEC) in collaboration with World Vision (WV) recently conducted the certificate awarding ceremony to recognize 41 students who completed the Professional Skills Development Program in Batticaloa. The Awards ceremony was held on Friday 23rd of June 2017 at PHPF training center in Kiran in the Batticaloa district. The ceremony was conducted with the patronage of General Manager of BEC - Mr. Hemantha Harischandra and District Manager of BEC in Batticaloa - Mr. Thinesh. Other dignitaries who graced the occasion included a Volunteer teacher from Germany - Ms. Tofias Anne, Founder of People Helping People Foundation – Mr. Francis, Sunrise Hotel Pasikudah Jetwing’s Front Office Manager - Mr. Sathees, Training & Development Executive at Sunrise Hotel –Mr. Suranga, Youth service officers in the Kiran division and parents and other invitees. The Professional Skills Development Program, a three-month full time Diploma course in English, Life skills and ICT was inaugurated on 14th March 2017 in the Batticaloa District. The program implemented by People Helping People Foundation was targeted at the youth between ages of 17 – 25 who had qualified in their O/Ls and or completed A/Ls. Out of the 41 students who completed the programme, 19 have been selected by companies for jobs through BEC-organized job fairs, 15 students have been directed by 2 institutions for their higher education and 07 students have expressed interest to join an internship at Jetwing Hotel’s management programme. The objective of the program is to develop professional skills including effective communication skills (spoken and written) and presentation skills of the participating youth. The goal is to produce self-confident individuals who would master inter-personal skills, team management skills, and leadership skills. It will also assist them in developing broad career plans, evaluate employment market, identify the organizations to gain better placements and match the job requirements with their skills. BEC and WV were the funding collaborators of the program which was conducted at Kiran in Batticaloa. The total course for the programme was Rs. 820, 000.00 in which WV contributed 25% of the total course fees and BEC bearing the balance sum.