Inauguration of the Sri Lanka - German Training Institute (SLGTI) in Kilinochchi, Sri Lanka

The newly built Sri Lanka - German Technical Training Institute in Kilinochchi was declared open on 18 July 2016. The SLGTI was built and equipped with German financial assistance (grant of 8,4m EUR) provided through KfW Development Bank.

PEM with its local partner Chinthaka Wickramage Associates acting as the Implementation Consultant on behalf of the Ministry of Skills Development and Vocational Training was responsible for the turn-key planning, design and construction supervision as well as equipping of the new campus in the war-affected Northern province.

President Maithripala Sirisena was the Chief Guest. German Ambassador to Sri Lanka Dr. Jürgen Morhard, Opposition Leader R Sampanthan, Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training, Mahinda Samarasinghe, Northern Province Governor Reginald Cooray, diplomats and others were present.

President Maithripala Sirisena planted a Kohomba sapling to mark the opening of the SLGTI at the premises of the Institute.

The establishment of the Sri Lanka-German Training Institute (SLGTI) is part of the bilateral cooperation project “Vocational Training in the North of Sri Lanka” (VTN) between the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Federal Republic of Germany.

The VTN project is implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and KfW Development Bank on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

SLGTI will function under the purview of the National Apprentice Industrial and Training Authority of Sri Lanka (NAITA). It is recognised as a national level training institute with equity of access for all citizens of Sri Lanka, regardless of ethnicity or religion.

The institute will offer high quality vocational training in sectors of automobile technology, construction technology, food-processing technology, mechanical engineering and electrical and electronic technology. The medium of instruction will be English.