Reopen Thihagoda VTC plea by residents
There is no Vocational Training Centre in the Divisional Secretariat
of Thihagoda. The Chairman, Pradeshiya Sabha, Thihagoda said the only
vocational training institute in the area was shut down a long time ago.
It has not been reopened, the residents complain.
Unemployed young men and women, aspirants for jobs and those who are
seeking training in various vocational trades in the Divisional
Secretariat Division of Thihagoda and also in the district of Matara
have presently been denied the opportunities, they lament. As the public
authorities comment the VTC in Thihagoda was ceremonially inaugurated in
the year 1996 by the former Minister of Vocational Training and Labour
of the then People’s Alliance administration and also the present
President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the invitation of the then Deputy
Minister of Religious and Cultural Affairs and the present Minister of
Transport Dullas Alahapperuma.
Training authorities state that within the period of operation of
this training institute, over 4,000 unemployed men and women underwent
training in motor mechanism, Sinhala and English shorthand and typing,
Juki machine operation, welding, fitting, fabric painting, screen
printing, bridal dressing, motor and housing wiring, repair of pedal
bicycles and motorcycles, landscaping and various other trades.
Almost all those who successfully completed vocational training in
this centre have been gainfully employed in public and private sectors,
non-governmental organisations and self-employment projects as well,
Residents in the division of Divisional Secretariat Thihagoda
earnestly appeal to the President and the Government to re-open the