The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce has partnered with IESC (International Executive Corps Service) a non-profit making organization in USA for implementing the USAID funded YouLead Project. YouLead is a four-year, $12 million project in Sri Lanka initiated to improve technical and vocational education and training and increase the employability of young people in Sri Lanka. The Project aims to achieve its’ objectives under three program components:

1) Increase youth employability skills in targeted sectors;

2) Improve the quality, relevance, and delivery of technical and vocational education and training; and,

3) Improve prospects of successful self-employment by increasing access to finance

YouLead Project aims to create a more skilled and flexible workforce by undertaking following activities that support and strengthen students, teachers, and institutions.

  • Improving the quality and availability of career counselling, aligning tools and counsellor training with in-demand jobs and skills and high-growth sectors.
  • Ensuring high-quality, market-oriented career counselling is equally available to traditionally underserved groups, including rural youth, girls and young women, and ethnic minorities.

The Chamber is facilitating private sector engagement in activities of all three components of the project both at national level through the members of Chamber and affiliated Associations as well as at the regional level through the regional chamber network.

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