Sri Lanka to send 10,000 skilled workers to Japan and Europe – Harin Fernando

Sri Lanka’s Telecommunication, Foreign Employment and Sports Minister Harin Fernando Monday (28) had told reporters that the country was now in the process of training workers to fulfill 10,000 vacancies in Japan and a number of European countries.

Minister Fernando, defending the decision to impose a minimum wage for foreign employment, had told reporters that the focus had now shifted from just increasing numbers to increasing the quality of workers going abroad.

“I am not bothered by the drop in migrant worker numbers as we are focusing on increasing the number of skilled workers. We have imposed a minimum wage of US $ 300 and we will stick by it, so we should focus on sending more skilled workers,” Fernando had told.

According to him Sri Lanka has already secured 6,000 skilled vacancies from Europe and another 4,000 jobs for caregiver positions from Japan.

“We have already sent a few batches to Japan and we are now in the process of training more workers. At any given time, we have about 200 workers training in our centres,” Minister told reporters adding that the biggest issue the Government is facing is in training the workers in the language of the host country.

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