Buddika's Story

Buddhika Kelum Wijesooriya from Aranayake belongs to a family receiving Samurdhi benefits. His father is a laborer supporting the six members in the family. Having attended a job fair conducted by Berendina in Kappagoda, Mawanelle, Buddhika was able to see what options were available to him. Thus, following the end of his school education, BEC guided him to the Rural Vocational Training Center where he undertook a Domestic Electrician course. BEC offered a vocational training scholarship of Rs. 5,000/- to cover the course admission fee and travelling expenses for the duration of six months. Once he completed the training, he was placed for an on-the-job-training in Lanka Plywood Manufacturers (Pvt.) Ltd. in the Galigamuwa Industrial Zone. Following a six month training, Buddhika was offered a permanent post as an Assistant Electrician for a monthly salary of Rs. 13,500 with overtime payment. Having begun his work in January 2015, he travels from Aranayake to the work place in Galigamuwa. Having succeeded in the first step, Buddhika is keen to receive further guidance from Berendina to follow an Industrial Electrical course.