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ICT Industry Skills Council defines plans for industry skills development

Officials of ICTISC
Officials of ICTISC

Plans are now on the cards to develop Skills in the ICT industry through the ICT Industry Skills Council (ICTISC), the apex body of the ICT Skills Development in Sri Lanka. The ICT skills Council aims to prepare the Sri Lankan workforce for Digital Sri Lanka and make Sri Lanka an ICT skills hub for the global ICT industry, aligning with the government strategy of reaching a $5 billion industry by 2022.

ICT Industry Skills Council has been formed by the Government of Sri Lanka under the Ministry of Skills Development and Vocational Training. Consisting of industry leaders and stakeholders, the ICT Skills Council is an ICT Industry driven organization supported by the government. Further, ICTISC functions as the platform between the IT Industry and the Education sector of the country.

The new skills requested by ICT firms, besides certain educational degrees, are often qualities of personal nature. Factors such as attitudes, the world-view, personal communication skills etc., are presently more important than before when firms are recruiting new staff.

The present needs are reflecting on the changes taking place inside the ICT industry, but also in relationship between the ICT and other sectors. The mastery of ICT and its integration into thinking and business model, has become a necessity in sectors such as banking. ICT has entered into the core of these businesses. Identifying today’s demand, ICTISC has defined an ambitious plan based on a 5 pillar strategy to develop ICT Skills in Sri Lanka.

Five Pillar strategy of ICTISC would focus on Infrastructure, Brand Building and Positioning (Pillar 1) headed by Chinthaka Wijewickrema, MD, Sala Enterprises / Chairman ICTISC, Policy and Advocacy (Pillar 2) headed by Shanta R Yapa, Director, Avonet Pvt. Ltd., General Secretary, ICTISC, Education, Training and ICT Professional Development (Pillar 3), headed by Indika de Zoysa, Consultant, ICT Agency of Sri Lanka, ICT Careers and Networking (Pillar 4), Hasith Yaggahavita, Chief Technology Officer -99X Technology, Programs and Events (Pillar 5), headed by Poorna Bandara, Vice President IFS / Immediate Past Chairman, which would immediately improve the Skills in the ICT sector.

“I am glad to have been given the opportunity to lead the ICTISC,” said Chinthaka Wijewickrema, Chairman, ICTISC, adding that, “In order to achieve these new, enhanced targets, we have to make a series of significant changes for the forward-march and overall progress of Sri Lanka’s ICT industry. We have worked out a comprehensive plan of action to help make this initiative a reality.”

He promised to continue building on the good work achieved so far. “Certainly, we would continue playing an active role as the apex ICT body relating to Skills Development in the ICT Industry,’ said Chinthaka Wijewickrema. The key to its efforts would be continued dialogue and partnership with key stakeholders that include the Government, industry, and users, with a view to harnessing the potential of ICT skills development for promoting and supporting the industry growth.

The ICT Industry Skills Council had been formed to create national strategies and operational plans that would create standardized skills requirements for various job roles in the industry. In order to develop the local talent pool, ICT Industry Capacity Building Programs, Networking Opportunity creation, Harnessing Young ICT Talents and Entrepreneurship, Promoting ICT Careers and Vocational Education, initiatives have been lined up at strategic levels.

Like its economy, the Sri Lankan ICT scenario is developing. In order to bridge this gap between ICT skills expectations and local demand, the ICT Skills Council was tasked with the responsibility of developing highly skilled people in the industry. The ICT Skills Council has established collaboration and believes that 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 a defined set of national goals.

ICT Industry’s Skills Council aims ‘to be the vibrant voice towards global ICT leadership.’ Moreover, ICTISC aims to be the vision group to guide Sri Lanka towards becoming the technological hub of Asia.


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