Innovative Strategies in Technical and Vocational Education and Training for Accelerated Human Resource Development in South Asia: Sri Lanka

Publication | November 2015

Despite Sri Lanka's well-established technical and vocational education and training system and a greater proportion of workers with secondary or tertiary education, the rate of increase in workers average productivity is only moderate.

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In the current open-market policy in Sri Lanka, vocational education and training (TVET)  has expanded both horizontally and vertically. However, provision of public funds for the TVET sector has always been inadequate due to competitive financial demands from other social sectors. TVET requires substantial investment in instructional materials, machinery and equipment, as well as energy. Hence, funding from development partners, including the private sector, is vital in meeting TVET targets.

Key areas of intervention that can be covered by an ongoing collaboration by the Government of Sri Lanka and its development partners, in TVET include

  • enhancing the employability of TVET graduates,
  • developing national competency standards and national quality standards,
  • developing the capacity of TVET staff (both academic and nonacademic), and
  • providing institutional and policy support

About the publication

This publication is part of a series of six country reports on technical and vocational education and training (TVET) and higher education in Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Each report presents current arrangements and initiatives in the respective country’s skills development strategies. These are complemented by critical analyses to determine key issues, challenges, and opportunities for innovative strategies toward global competitiveness, increased productivity, and inclusive growth. The emphasis is to make skills training more relevant, efficient, and responsive to emerging domestic and international labor markets. The reports were finalized in 2013 under the Australian AID-supported Phase 1 of Subproject 11 (Innovative Strategies for Accelerated Human Resource Development) of Regional Technical Assistance 6337 (Development Partnership Program for South Asia.


  • Executive Summary
  • Chapter 1: Socioeconomic Background
  • Chapter 2: Technical and Vocational Education  and Training System in Sri Lanka
  • Chapter 3: Policies, Plans, and Programs for Reform
  • Chapter 4: Analysis of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training System
  • Chapter 5: Priorities and Strategies for Reform
  • Appendixes

Additional Details

  • Education
  • Technical and vocational education and training
  • Sri Lanka
  • 90
  • 8.5 x 11
  • RPT146960
  • 978-92-9257-127-6 (print)
  • 978-92-9257-128-3 (electronic)

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