Skilling Sri Lankan Migrant Workers affected by COVID-19 for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship

This project aims to increase capacity of the ILO constituents to identify current skills mismatches and anticipate future skills needs; to design and deliver innovative, flexible and inclusive learning options encompassing work-based learning and quality apprenticeships; and to create an enabling environment for entrepreneurship and sustainable enterprises, with a focus on enhancing the employability of returned and aspirant migrant workers

Specific Project Objectives

The objective of the intervention is to support the sustainable reintegration of Returned and Aspirant Migrant Workers, by way of recognising their employability skills; and facilitating upskilling and reskilling processes to make them ready for employment (both local and abroad) or self-employment opportunities.

It contributes to DWCP 2018-2022 Outcome 1.1: Sri Lankan workforce having more and better employment opportunities, and Outcome 1.2: National strategy to respond to technological advancements and other productive market demands for the population at large is in place

Target Beneficiaries

Returnee and Aspiring Sri Lankan Migrant Workers


The project strategy is to build back better through using innovative tools to anticipate skills needs; improved and inclusive skills development of workers vulnerable to forced labour and human trafficking; enhancing their access to decent employments in formal economy, as well as securing incomes and jobs through sustainable and resilient micro and small enterprises. Interventions conducted under this project expects to strengthen coordination between government and social partners.

Expected results

  • Recognition of vocational skills of the Returned Migrant Workers, through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) assessment;
  • Documentation of skills profiles through the ‘Skills Passport’ programme.
  • Enhanced inclusion in quality apprenticeships and work-based learning for decent employment (both local and abroad) and higher incomes
  • Returned and aspirant migrant workers facilitated to establish sustainable and resilient enterprises, through offering entrepreneurial skills development and access to affordable credit and financial services, and encouraging formalization and decent jobs.
  • Public Employment Service (PES) centres capacitated to provide online job matching and placement services for returnee migrant workers seeking salaried employment in the private sector.
  • Partnership strengthened of Employer and Business Membership Organizations (EBMOs) with government in skills matching and anticipating future needs;
  • Trade unions are capacitated to expand their membership services through access to data and skills profiles of returnees.
  • The role of social partners strengthened for skills recognition of returnee workers and linking them with local employment opportunities