IT, BPO Jobs for Ex-Combatants

In a unique public and private sector partnership, white collar employment opportunities have been provided for rehabilitated ex-LTTE combatants. Rehabilitated youth with higher level educational qualifications have been trained and employed in an information technology based IT,BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) operation facility which started operations recently in Stanley Road Jaffna.

Presidential Secretariat led Presidential Task Force on English and IT has spearheaded the project to create employment opportunities for better skilled rehabilitated youth of war-affected Northern Province in partnership with the private sector and non-governmental organizations.

In partnership with Bureau Commissioner General of Rehabilitation (BCGR) of Defence Ministry, John Keells Holdings and Foundation for Advancing Rural Opportunity (FARO), Presidential Secretariat has embarked on the initiative to fulfill the vision of President Mahinda Rajapaksa to create livelihoods for unemployed rehabilitated ex-LTTE youth in the north and east.

Jaffna BPO enables northern youth to work from the familiar environment of their home town. The selected youth have been a part of a pool of over 30 candidates who were shortlisted for career skills training sponsored by John Keells Foundation, the CSR arm of John Keells Holding. The training programme included English language, communication skills, basic accounting and computing skills.

The project provides sustained employment for rehabilitated youth in the area with plans for scaling up further in the near future. Trainees who proceed to complete the training period and perform their work satisfactorily become eligible to be an owner-associate of the BPO entity.

At an event held recently at the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development, rehabilitated ex-LTTE cadres received letters of training from Secretary, Ministry of Defence and Urban Development Gotabhaya Rajapaksa in the presence of officials of the Presidential Secretariat, Ministry of Defence and Urban Development, Bureau Commissioner General of Rehabilitation and John Keells Holdings PLC.

The BPO facility is hosted by Spectra Skills Pvt Limited with six employees initially and will be expanded to twenty in the near future. Recruited ex-combatants youth received their work-specific training in Colombo at John Keells head office.

Since 2007 John Keells Holdings and FARO have collaborated in the establishment and sustenance of similar IT,BPO facilities in Mahavilachchiya in the North Central Province and Seenigama in the Southern Province in partnership with Information and communication technology Agency (ICTA) and FARO which employs about 40 youth in respective areas.

Courtesy - Daily News