''THE OPA joined with the DTET for organising training camps to fast track skills development for tsunami affected people at 14 technical colleges of the DTET in the coastal region of the country.
For this purpose the OPA received Rs. 3.7 million from Velsen in the Netherlands, said Netherlands Alumni Association Lanka President (NAAL) S. P. C. Kumarasinghe.
The aim is to enable the affected people to rebuild and repair their homes destroyed by the water. Hands on training will be done by the staff of the DTET for over five days for a total of 40 hours and will cover skills in brick and cement block laying and painting (masonry), plumbing, electrical and wiring and carpentry.
Each centre will train four groups of 15 in the area of training and in the first round it is expected to train around 840 people.
A successful first round will pave the way for second and third rounds of training. It is hoped that most of the trainees would subsequently want to acquire further training and be certified as craftsmen to embrace the acquired skill as a permanent vocation.
The trainees will be given an allowance during their training period. On successful completion of the training they will receive a basic tool kit for the trade and a working overall and also a certificate of competence.
They will have the opportunity to upgrade their skills following advanced courses in selected trade later on at the same centres, NAAL President said.
The locations of the DTET Training colleges- Ratmalana, Matara, Ampara, Trincomalee, Kalutara, Beliatta, Mirijjawila, Jaffna, Balapitiya, Weerawila, Samanthurai, Galle, Embilipitiya and Batticaloa.''