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Youth workforce readiness training: Creating the connection for communities and schools in conflict-affected Sri Lanka

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Across Sri Lanka, close to 86% of youth who possess a General Certificate Education are unable to enter a university or gain employment for lack of critical workplace skills. Sri Lanka's twenty years of conflict exacerbated the already limited opportunity conflict-affected youth had for continuing their education or finding employment. In partnership with USAID, the Sri Lankan Chamber of Commerce, the International Youth Foundation, Christian Children's Fund, and Creative Associates led an effort to build a favorable climate for Sri Lanka's overage and out of school youth (ages 15 - 25) by strengthening the capacity of training institutions to deliver demand-driven skills that met Sri Lankan employers needs. Through the Accelerated Learning Acquisitions Skills Project (ASAP), over 170 private and public sector partners took part in curriculum development and training activities to build the career skills of over 8,000 conflict-affected youth. Course work has focused on business entrepreneurship, job search and decision making strategies, as well as English language skills and computer literacy. One of ASAP's main goals was to help youth see themselves in a multitude of employment opportunities, not only those in public sector jobs. Key to the success of the program was the early buy-in and ownership of the curriculum content by the Chamber of Commerce as well as the transformational skills attained by the youth. As a result of the program's success, the Asia Development Bank has funded a Ministry of Education initiative to integrate ASAP training into Sri Lanka's public school system.
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Name: 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society
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Henneberg, Sabina. "Youth workforce readiness training: Creating the connection for communities and schools in conflict-affected Sri Lanka" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p492754_index.html>

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Henneberg, S. "Youth workforce readiness training: Creating the connection for communities and schools in conflict-affected Sri Lanka" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p492754_index.html

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Abstract: Across Sri Lanka, close to 86% of youth who possess a General Certificate Education are unable to enter a university or gain employment for lack of critical workplace skills. Sri Lanka's twenty years of conflict exacerbated the already limited opportunity conflict-affected youth had for continuing their education or finding employment. In partnership with USAID, the Sri Lankan Chamber of Commerce, the International Youth Foundation, Christian Children's Fund, and Creative Associates led an effort to build a favorable climate for Sri Lanka's overage and out of school youth (ages 15 - 25) by strengthening the capacity of training institutions to deliver demand-driven skills that met Sri Lankan employers needs. Through the Accelerated Learning Acquisitions Skills Project (ASAP), over 170 private and public sector partners took part in curriculum development and training activities to build the career skills of over 8,000 conflict-affected youth. Course work has focused on business entrepreneurship, job search and decision making strategies, as well as English language skills and computer literacy. One of ASAP's main goals was to help youth see themselves in a multitude of employment opportunities, not only those in public sector jobs. Key to the success of the program was the early buy-in and ownership of the curriculum content by the Chamber of Commerce as well as the transformational skills attained by the youth. As a result of the program's success, the Asia Development Bank has funded a Ministry of Education initiative to integrate ASAP training into Sri Lanka's public school system.


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