8th certificate awarding ceremony of the A.Y.S. Gnanam Construction Training Academy

October 11, 2017 at 11:41 pm

Dambulla

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The 8th certificate awarding ceremony of the A.Y.S. Gnanam Construction Training Academy was held on the 24th of August in Dambulla. The prestigious event saw the awarding of Internationally and locally recognized NVQ Certificates to 126 Sri Lanka Army personnel engaged in Masonry Craftsmanship.

Gen. (Retd) Udayantha Wijerathna, former HR & Administration Manager of Tokyo Cement Company (Lanka) PLC, who was the chief guest of the event was joined by, Brigadier Randula Hathnagoda – RWD RSP, Commandant – Centre for Army Vocational Training, Saliyawewa, Janaka Ranaraja District Manager, Matale, National Apprentices & Industrial Training Authority (NAITA) and Mr. Bandara Assistant Director, Tertiary & Vocational Education Commission, representatives from the Tokyo Cement Group.

 

Established in memory of the Founder Chairman of Tokyo Cement Company, the late Deshamanya A.Y.S. Gnanam, the academy offers residential training programs for both craftsmen already engaged in masonry as well as for school leavers, grooming them for the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) Level 3 certificate. The certificate avails the trainees to local as well as international employment, opening up greater income opportunities. Hailed as one of Tokyo Cement Group’s foremost citizenship initiatives, the Training Academy, dedicated to masons and other construction professionals from all corners of the country, was set up in a bid to uplift the standards of the industry.

 

The Academy situated in Dambulla, comprises a fully-fledged auditorium, modern laboratory complex and practical training facilities inclusive of all tools and raw material required to conduct comprehensive training sessions that produce a well-rounded masonry professional. It also includes a dormitory complex that can accommodate 50 students, providing a conducive learning environment under the guidance of a qualified panel of instructors and visiting lecturers, to attain their formal training free of charge.

 

Guided by the late Deshamanya A.Y.S. Gnanam’s vision, the Training Academy since its inception has produced over 1000 trained construction craftsmen and accredited masonry professionals, many of whom are instrumental in reshaping the country’s infrastructural landscape while others bring in valuable foreign exchange from around the world through skilled employment.

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