While I was studying for my A’Level examination I came to hear about a skills development course conducted by the NCEASL. Soon after completing my exams I enrolled myself for the course which included learning English and computers. At first I was very nervous because I only knew a little English and a very basic knowledge of computers which was taught in school. After following this course I have gained a more comprehensive understanding of computers and I am keen to follow the next two levels of this course,” explained Subaharan one of the students who benefitted from the Accelerated Skills Acquisition Program (ASAP) conducted by Alliance Institute Jaffna.

Subaharan the new custodian of the library

Subaharan the new custodian of the library

“I can now read English newspapers and magazines as my English has improved” he beamed. Subaharan who is now confident of the new skills he has acquired has shared the advantages of ASAP to his friends and encouraged them to follow the course as well. Until such time Subaharan finds suitable employment he keeps himself occupied as the Librarian at the Alliance Institute in Jaffna.

To date, 338 students have gained immensely by the ASAP course conducted by the Alliance Institute in Jaffna. The ASAP which is a job skills programme developed by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and funded by the Asian Development Bank is backed by the Education Ministry of the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL). The ASAP Programme focuses on building soft skills that are essential in securing gainful employment opportunities emerging especially in the ICT related service sector of our Country. The subjects taught are English language, computer literacy training, skills required to face interviews, business entrepreneurship, good work ethics etc.  The ASAP programme enhances skills of students who drop out of the school system and assist them gain skills that are required for securing a job.

The Government of Sri Lanka has recommended that all senior school children attend the ASAP after completing the Ordinary Level

Students learning IT

Students learning IT

and Advanced Level exams. This is a great opportunity for students who need guidance as to what they should do after leaving school. The students attending Alliance Institute Jaffna are from schools, children’s clubs and churches. The training of students is done directly under the supervision of the provincial Education Authorities who would periodically assess programmes conducted in all the training centers. NCEASL is happy to partner the ASAP with the GoSL which enables thousands of young people from economically disadvantaged families to find jobs and become self dependent whilst benefitting their families and communities as well.

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