Employment promotion in Sri Lanka and the Maldives

A trainee with a NVQ certificate ©ILO/Asitha Seneviratne
Without productive employment, achieving the goals of decent living standards, social and economic integration, personal fulfillment and social development becomes a flight of the imagination.

Enterprise promotion and human resource development are key elements in employment promotion.The ILO conducts employment analysis and research, promotes employment-intensive investment and helps formulate employment policy. It also promotes skills development, job creation, youth employment, enterprise development and cooperatives.
Employment promotion: at the center of ILO’s work in Sri Lanka
Employment promotion features prominently in the Decent Work Country Programme Sri Lanka 2013-2017. The ILO with its constituents in Sri Lanka has identified the following three priority outcomes:
  • Enhanced access to more and better jobs in economically disadvantaged and crisis affected areas;
  • Enhanced labour administration and promotion of equitably employment practices; and
  • Improved tripartite cooperation initiatives linking job security, productivity and competitiveness.
Employment promotion: more and better jobs
An important challenge for Sri Lanka is providing employment and meeting the aspirations of the economically disadvantaged.

Better access to productive employment is the only sustainable way out of poverty and out of crisis, and it is critical to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and Sri Lanka’s Ten Year Development Framework.

The ILO’s programme to support access to more and better jobs and thereby reducing poverty focus on the following outputs:
  • Road map for the implementation of the National Action Plan for Youth Employment;
  • Skills development and vocational training strategies to improve access to better jobs; and
  • Promotion and utilization of the ILO tools for livelihood opportunities and decent jobs.