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ILO CLEAR project (Country Level Engagement and Assistance to Reduce Child Labour) joined forces with Department of Manpower and Employment to strengthen School to Work Transition

The ToT training programme on school to work transition was held in Colombo on 26th and 27th November 2018 and 44 career guidance officers and Human Resource Development Officers from Deparment of Manpower and Employment trained from Gampaha and Colombo districts.

News | Colombo, Sri Lanka | 28 November 2018
From left to Right: Mr. Upali Kulasekera, District Factory inspection Engineer, Mr. Herath Yapa, ILO Consultant, Dr. Vajira Palipana, Deputy Coomissioner of Labour (Occupational Health), Mr. Lalith Gunaratne, Assistant Director Planning, DoME, Ms. Madhavi Gunawardane, Commissioner of labour, Women and children affairs
The Department of Manpower and Employment has been delivering career guidance programs since 1999 island wide with the assistance of its career guidance officers and Human Resource Development Officers. Under the purview of the Secretary, Ministry of Labour, Foreign Employment and Petroleum Resources Development, the Department of Manpower and Employment (DME) initiated the school to work transition programme with the financial support from ILO CLEAR project , funded by the US Department of Labour.

The training programme addressed the demands of the child labour elimination and assist youth to a smooth school to work transition. This training was facilitated students to be made aware of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) measurements, Decent Work and Hazardous Forms of Child Labour (HFCL). 44 officers was trained from Department of Manpower and Employment, Ministry of Labour, Foreign Employment and Petroleum Resources Development.

Dr Vajira Palipana, Deputy Commissioner of Labour (Occupational Health)
The participants highlighted the value of the training as this is the first training on the subjects of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), Decent Work and child labour and Hazardous Forms of Child Labour (HFCL). They requested to include these modules in to the current modules of the ordinary level and advance level career guidance programme. They also stressed highly and requested to include these modules in to the school curriculums to start from the beginning of school life.

A section of the participants
These officers will provide awareness to school teachers and children on these subjects and assist youth to a smooth school to work transition. In future, the career guidance programme in schools will be fulfilled with Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) measures, Decent Work and child labour and Hazardous Forms of Child Labour (HFCL) and children will be developed as resourceful to getting in to the world of work.