The Vocational Training Authority of Sri Lanka(VTA) was established on 16th August 1995 under the Act No.12 of 1995.It was a concept of His Excellency the Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa when he was the Hon. Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training. The VTA was established with the intent of skills 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 through 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 broad 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 Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission (TVEC) and the University of Vocational Technology(UNIVOTECH), two most important entities established under the purview of the Ministry of Skill Development and Vocational Training as of today, the VTA is operating as the largest training center network of Vocational Training with 245 island-wide Vocational Training Centers including 22 District Vocational Training Centers and 7 National Vocational Training Institutes which had just 31 Vocational Training Centers in 1995. Approximately, 30,000 youth get trained annually among 83 trades in 18 trade sectors by the VTA. After completing the training youth are directed for local, foreign employment and provided with financial assistance to start their own small business with entrepreneurship training, and vocational self employment in the respective fields.The financial assistance scheme called, "SEPI" is also implemented to provide loans for those who intend to start self employment.
To be the most dynamic and innovative vocational training provider in Sri Lanka, catering to the global employment market.
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 while focusing on employability trends in the world of work.
Through practical approach in teaching, providing a recognized qualification and being connected with the industry requirements.
By being answerable and liable.
Through ethical behavior and shared governance.
Strong, ongoing financial planning; Emphasis on sustainability; and Systems that support attainment of our mission
Through recognizing that our strength and unity comes from providing equal opportunities to everyone, built on the foundations of social justice and equality.