Sampath Bank promotes entrepreneurship among youth | Sunday Observer

Sampath Bank promotes entrepreneurship among youth

Sampath Bank has partnered with the Department of Technical Education and Training to develop the entrepreneurship skills of students who have completed their course of study at technical colleges across the island.

Five sessions were conducted by the officers of Sampath Bank at Technical Colleges in Kurunegala, Matara, Beliatta, Polonnaruwa and Kegalle, with the participation of over 400 students.

About 250,000 students face the GCE Advanced Level Examination every year, with only about 30,000 being granted entrance to the respective local universities. The remaining students are often provided with technical and vocational training across a range of professional skills and capabilities.

Thirty nine technical colleges are scattered across Sri Lanka, which fall under the purview of the Department of Technical Education and Training, which in turn functions under the Ministry of Skills Development and Vocational Training.

“We believe that a strong Vocational Guidance and Counseling Service is of vital importance in shaping our nation’s future and ensuring the development of students who have not gained admittance to local universities. That’s why we are partnering with Sampath Bank to achieve a common goal to increase and enhance the productivity and efficiency of professional education system and help the youth to realize their dreams,” said Director General, Department of Technical Education and Training, Ms. P.N.K. Malalasekara.

Sampath Bank’s DGM, Branch Banking, Thusitha Nakalanda said, “Sampath Bank has always been a progressive, people-centric entity, focused on building the nation’s wealth, prosperity and creating opportunities for growth. We hope that through these sessions, using our experience, insight and business acumen, we can encourage and foster entrepreneurial thinking among students, and develop the business leaders of the future.”