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Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission, Ministry of Skills Development and Vocational Training

UNEVOC Centre since 1994



Sri Lanka

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The Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission (TVEC) was established in 1991 as the apex body in the technical and vocational education and training sector under the provisions of the Tertiary and Vocational Education Act No 20 of 1990. Its primary responsibility is policy formulation, planning, quality assurance, coordination and development of tertiary and vocational education in the country.

The amendments introduced in December 1999 to the Tertiary and Vocational Education Act No. 20 of 1990, ensures that 10 out of 17 members of the TVEC including its Chairman, represent the Employer Associations and Private Sector entrepreneurs. This provides a forum at the highest level for the private sector to contribute towards developing policies and programmes that would help achieve the vision of the Government of maintaining a demand-driven training system.

The Chairman and the Director General of the Commission are assisted by a team of Directors, in charge of development functions and a Secretary who oversees the personnel, financial and administration functions.

Its roles are:

1.Providing leadership and support in developing and improving TVET nationally

2.Obtaining and securing resources

3.Receiving UNEVOC publication for dissemination and distribution

4.Channeling issues, new and interesting ideas, experiences and practices to UNEVOC and UNEVOC network

5.Undertaking activities such as meetings, seminars, workshops, conferences, research, studies, etc.,

6.Mobilizing TVET experts for participation in UNEVOC events,

7.Providing advice to National Commissions for UNESCO

8.Communicating with other Centers,

9.Sharing resources as requested

It envisions for a Sri Lanka where all citizens have access to the highest possible standards of tertiary and vocational education and training which meet the human resource development needs of the country. As the apex body in the TVET sector, it is committed to establish and maintain an efficient and effective technical education and vocational training system which is relevant to socio- economic goals and changing market needs.

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Janaka Jayalath
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