The Refresher Bootcamp program will be started to further develop the abilities and skills of IT graduates who are not directly related to IT in the public sector and guide them to access higher job opportunities in the IT sector. More than one thousand two hundred people have registered for that.
The Sri Lanka Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) has implemented this training program and has received the full support of the Ministry of Public Administration, Home Affairs, Provincial Councils and Local Government and the Ministry of Technology.
Well-known and reputed IT industry organizations and companies in the country have joined this IT graduate training program, Computer Society of Sri Lanka (CSSL), British Computer Society (BCS), Society of Sri Lanka Software and Services Companies (SLASSCOM), Sri Lanka Ceylon Information Technology Industries Board (FITIS) is among these.
According to the provisions of the Public Administration Circular No. 14/2022 published by the Ministry of Public Administration, Home Affairs, Provincial Councils and Local Government, this is for IT graduate civil servants seeking temporary leave to work outside the public sector (in this country or abroad). The program has been implemented.
The second phase of the Refresher Bootcamp program was held for four days at the premises of the Sri Lanka Information and Communication Technology Agency and the Minister of State for Technology Mr. Kanaka Herath, who was present at the event, said that the opportunity has arisen for these government officials to actively contribute to the country’s digital economy. It has been possible to reach a quick solution to the shortage of human resources that the IT industry is facing.
Mr. Varuna Sri Dhanapala, Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Public Administration, Home Affairs, Provincial Councils and Local Government, who attended the event, stated that under the State Circular No. 14/2022, the public officials have been given the opportunity to actively contribute to the country’s economic process outside of the public sector. They can take full advantage of this new opportunity and work to empower the public sector in the future.
Mr. Mahesh Perera, Chief Executive Officer of the Sri Lanka Information and Communication Technology Agency, mentioned here that the promotion of human resource capacity required for the country’s digital transformation and digital economic process has already started, and this program is another opportunity.
Mr. Samira Jayawardena, Deputy Chief Digital Economic Officer of the Sri Lanka Information and Communication Technology Agency, joined the occasion and stated that the preparation of human resources required to empower the rapidly advancing IT industry and the digital economy is progressing successfully under the Lighting Digital capacity building program. , the information technology industry, the public sector as well as the private sector are expected to continue to expand this program in a wider way.
The four-day training program provided career guidance on new technology practices and opportunities in the IT job market to improve skills and abilities.
Moreover, at the end of the program, the graduates who participated were directed to interviews with IT institutions and were connected with experts in the field of IT as mentors to get the necessary guidance until they secured employment opportunities.