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ICT Industry Skills Council appoints new Board of Directors

The new office bearers (1st row) Hashanthi Lakmini (Assistant Director, Industrial Liaison Division - TVEC), Wellington Perera (President, Software Chapter - FITIS), Shanta Yapa (CIO - AvoNet Technologies), Chinthaka Wijewickrema (MD - Sala Enterprises), Poorna Bandara (Vice President Consulting - IFS ), Abbas Kamrudeen (MD - Debug), Thilina Panduka (Assistant Director (ICT), CIO - Ministry of Skills Development and Vocational Training), Arjuna Manamperi (Vice President - Institutions of Engineers of Sri Lanka),  Chadika Yahampath (Manager - ICT Industry Skills Council) (secnd row) Alanzo Doll (Ex Co Member - BCS), Hasith Yaggahavita (Board Director - SLASSCOM),  Chammika Gunathilaka (Acting Deputy Director, TVEC), Sampath Thrimavithana (Head of Talent Capability Development - (Virtusa), Upendra Peiris (Vice President - (Orel IT), Dr. Prasad Samarasinghe (Managing Director (Lanka Bell), Vipula Silva (Company Secretary)

Consisting of Industry leaders and stakeholders, the ICT Skills Council is ICT Industry driven organization supported by the government of Sri Lanka. The ICT skills council aims to prepare Sri Lankan workforce for Digital Sri Lanka and make Sri Lanka an ICT skill hub for the global ICT industry. ICTISC is aligned with the government strategy of reaching a $5 billion industry and creating 200,000 skilled labor force by 2022.

Further, ICTISC functions as the platform between the IT Industry and the Vocational Education Sector of the country.

A leading entrepreneur in the ICT sphere, Chinthaka Wijewickrema – Managing Director Sala Enterprises was elected as the Chairman of the ICT Industry Skills Council whilst Arjuna Manamperi – Institutions of Engineers of Sri Lanka appointed as the Vice Chairman.

Wijewickrema the Chairman ICTISC said “Like its economy, the Sri Lankan ICT scenario is developing. In order to bridge this gap between ICT skills expectation and local demand, the ICT Skills Council was tasked with the responsibility of developing highly skilled people in the industry. ICT Skills Council has established collaboration and believes that the national competency development is a collaborative effort by multiple stakeholders. ICTISC link up industry, industry bodies, government bodies, Government Training Arms, Private training arms, Academia and the work force under defined set of national goals”

He also stated that, we hope to achieve several objectives in coming two years. One main task is to develop a clear ICT skills policy for the vocational Education sector in Sri Lanka. We also hope to conduct workshops for career guidance councilors, teachers of the vocational education system highlighting the latest trends in ICT. Job training and Job Portal for students are also expected to be implemented.

ICT Industry Skills Council is truly an Apex body of the ICT Sector since it has brought whole industry together by getting all leading industry associations, corporates, government entities and academia to the membership. The strategy of ICTISC for next two years will depend upon four pillars namely, Infrastructure Improvements, Education and Networking, Professional and Career Development and Events and Programs.


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