About Us

The Vocational Training Authority of Sri Lanka(VTA) was established on 16th August 1995 under the provisions of the Vocational Training Authority of Sri Lanka Act No.12 of 1995.It was a concept of His Excellency the President Mahinda Rajapaksa when he was the Hon. Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training. The VTA was established with the intent of skilling you for employment Manpower Division-the training arm of Labor Department that was running Technical and Vocational Education and training programs in many parts of Sri Lanka, Was converted to the newly constitute Vocational Training Authority making vocational training more accessible to rural youth and depressed segments of the country.

The key intention of the establishing the VTA was to reach the rural mass of the country which was 72% of the total population and make them to be skillful to be able to find employment locally and internationally. The VTA's mission is to meet the Vocational training needs of Sri Lankans providing learning opportunities trough excellent pre employment training throughout the country. VTA is a statutory body, governed by a Chairman and Board of Directors representing various ministries assigned specific subjects areas, i.e., youth affairs, education, industrial development, finance and labor including the corporate sector.

This diversified representation at the board level leads to fruitful dialogue infusing wealth of knowledge and experience by them in their own fields The chairman of the board is also the Chief Executive officer of the authority by virtue of the act while serving as a Commission member for the Territory and Vocational and Education Commission (TVEC)and the University of Vocational Technology(UNIVOTECH), tow most important entities established under the purview of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skill Development As of today, the VTA is operating as the largest training center network of Vocational Training with 224 Rural Vocational Training Centers, 22 District Vocational Training Centers and 7 National Vocational Training Centers, which had just 31 Vocational Training Centers in 1995. Approximately, 25,000 youth get trained annually 83 trades in 18 trade sectors by the VTA. After completing the training youth are directed for local and forcing employment and provided with financial assistance to start their own small business with entrepreneurship training and vocational self employment in the respective fields. And the financial assistance scheme called, "SEPI" is also implemented to provide loans for those who intend to start self employment.

Our Vision

To be the most dynamic and innovative vocational training provider in Sri Lanka, catering to the global employment market.

Our Mission

Our Mission is to facilitate the fulfillment of the global skilled employment demand by developing competencies in individuals through modern methods and technologies in vocational training and education. We realize this mission by setting the highest standards in our services and facilities and focusing on global employability trends.

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  • Professional excellence and impact
  • Through practical approach in teaching, providing a recognized qualification and being connected with the industry requirements.

  • Accountability
  • By being answerable and liable.

  • Integrity and transparency
  • Through ethical behavior and shared governance.

  • Effective stewardship
  • Strong, ongoing financial planning; Emphasis on sustainability; and Systems that support attainment of our mission

  • Equal Opportunity
  • Through recognizing that our strength and unity comes from providing equal opportunities to everyone, built on the foundations of social justice and equality.

  • Provide vocational training to students by drawing up vocational training programs and coordinate with other institutions.
  • Conduct trade tests, final assessments and issuing National Vocational Qualification certificates through TVEC.
  • Conduct research on vocational training and development programs.
  • Conduct career guidance and counseling programs.
  • Conduct trainer training programs in order to operate the vocational training program efficiently and effectively.
  • Facilitate to the youth who have undergone vocational training to avail further training, placement in employment and to start on self employment.

Our Objectives

  • Be the market leader for providing training for NVQ level 4 in Sri Lanka by 2018 by achieving a market share of 65%.
  • Achieving an annual enrolment of 50,000 trainees by 2018.
  • Achieving an annual rate of 80% (40,000 both local and international) job placements by 2018.
  • Increase the enrollment of women (to mark at least 50% of the student enrollment by 2018) and disabled personnel (to mark at least 0.5% of the student population by 2018).
  • To establish the most modern state of the art vocational training centre in South Asia, by expanding and upgrading the Narahenpita NVTI by 2018.
  • To establish a fully fledged District Vocational Training Institute in each Administrative District of Sri Lanka by way of uplifting and upgrading the staff and facilities of current DVTCs by 2018.
  • To merge and/or relocate the VTCs currently operating with insufficient student numbers or operating with two or lesser number of courses with more functional and active VTCs or the DVTC in the same District.
  • To possess at least 90% of the trainer staff qualified up to internationally acceptable level for all trades by 2018.
  • To develop the managerial capability of the executive staff by enabling them with critical managerial and entrepreneurial skills.
  • To improve the efficiency of non academic staff , build skills and improve work attitudes.