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BEC commences accelerated skills program

Berendina Employment Center (BEC), in a joint collaboration with Institute of Computer Technology recently commenced the Accelerated Skills Acquisition Program to train youths in Malavi located in the Mullaitivu District. Under this three-month programme, 50 under-privileged youths selected from the Mullaitivu district will be provided with a job-oriented training on English and IT Skills while a significant time is allocated to develop their social, moral and soft skills. “The program will be conducted in two batches in two different locations considering the geographical and practical situations of the district. Students will have four compulsory classes for four days and one optional class in a week,” District Manager of BEC, Mr. Dinesh Chandru said. The program for the first batch of students commenced on the 10th of September 2017 at Malavi – TACAWEC Training center while the second batch is expected to begin in due course at the Virginia H. French Learning Center in Mulllaitivu. Berendina Employment Center will contribute a funding of Rs. 650, 000 for the course with Rs. 13,000.00 being paid per trainee (650,000.00) while the students taking part in the program will contribute a meager amount of Rs.3000.00 each. “It is expected that at the end of the training program, each trainee will be able to develop their task schedule for the next three months in their career. Accordingly, BEC will also assist them to gain productive jobs. Those interested in pursuing higher education will also receive guidance on the choice of the professional course based on each person’s vision,” Mr. Chandru said. Berendina Employment Center (BEC) commenced its activities in the year 2000 with the objective of finding suitable and productive employment opportunities for youth in rural and plantation areas as well as to assist employers to find suitable employees at a minimal cost. Since inception, BEC has successfully linked over 16,500 youth with jobs and during 2016, a total of 1623 youth were linked to productive employment opportunities through BEC. Berendina is one of the Sri Lanka’s leading poverty alleviation agencies in the non-government sector. It consists of Berendina Development Services (GTE) Ltd (BDS), Berendina Microfinance Institute (GTE) Ltd (BMI), Berendina Micro Investments Company Ltd and BEC.