The Skills for Inclusive Growth program supports sustainable job creation and business growth along the tourism value chain, including the informal sector, in four districts in Sri Lanka: Trincomalee, Ampara, Batticaloa (Eastern Province) and Polonnaruwa (North Central Province).
Scope Global was appointed by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to manage and implement Skills for Inclusive Growth in partnership with the Sri Lankan Ministry of Skills Development and Vocational Training.
The overall goal of the program is to increase the number of poor women and men who, as producers, workers and entrepreneurs, participate in and benefit from the expanding tourism industry in these locations. The program benefits local communities and businesses, and prioritises the underemployed, particularly local women, youth and people with a disability.
Skills for Inclusive Growth has facilitated delivery of inclusive skills training in each of the four districts it operates in. It has developed working partnerships with the private sector, government ministries and agencies and the Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission to strengthen coordination and planning, and to respond inclusively to skill gaps across the tourism value chain.
It supports the full value chain of the tourism sector, including food suppliers, hospitality trainers, artisans, surf instructors, spa owners, accommodation providers, taxi drivers, as well as district planners, park rangers, industry regulators and business chambers.
The program’s Skills Development Fund, through which training and other service providers are contracted to deliver skills development activities, is a key mechanism and incentive for reform to improve the quality of skills training in Sri Lanka. The program has facilitated the delivery of flexible and inclusive skills training with focus on accommodation services, wellness and beauty therapy, bakery, cookery, tours and experiences as well as cross-cutting support to change mindsets and encourage higher participation across the sector.