To increase GDP per capita from

USD 4,000 to USD 12,000

Sri Lanka at present
(As a percentage of students 19-23 years)
Goal for 2020-2025
(Student enrollment)
Times increase or decrease to reach goal
Number of students who graduated from Government Universities (2017) 7% 25,200 16.67% 60,000 Increase by 2.38 times
Number of students who graduated from local private universities (2017) 4.1% 15,000 29.23% 105,228 Increase by 7.1 times
Number of students who study abroad 4.1% 15,000 4.1% 15,000
Number of students who completed the vocational training (2017) 22% 79,200 40% 144,000 Increase by 1.8 times
Unskilled labor contribution to the labor force (housemaids, day labourers, etc.) 62.8% 225,600 10% 36,000 Decrease by 6.28 times
Students per annum 360,000 360,000
  • Increase TVET certificate holders from 79,200 to 144,000, which will result in 40% of the 360,000 students per annum.
  • Transform unskilled labour contribution of the labour force into skilled labour by reducing the current unskilled labour from 225,600 i.e. 62,8% of all students per annum to 36,000 i.e. 10% of all students per annum.
  • Create opportunities for students and adult learners to acquire skills, knowledge and values for employability and lifelong learning.
  • Develop and continuously revise training standards, skills training and the certification system.


  1. Rebrand TVET as an attractive learning choice by producing a dedicated brand guideline.
  2. Enhance the quality of programmes to improve graduate and foreign employability, by enabling industry professionals to lead curriculum development.
  3. Implement 0% Corporate tax and 0% VAT on TVET education.
    Corporate tax and VAT rates to be guaranteed for the next 25 years to aid building private TVET universities.
  4. Introduce new TVET courses after evaluating those available in India, Germany and Malaysia to match job market demand.
  5. Build a fully equipped TVET Centre in each district, with qualified lecturers for all NVQ certification levels, to increase TVET certificate holders from 79,200 to 144,000 which will result in 40% of the total 360,000 students per annum.
  6. Upgrade existing technical education centres in collaboration with world-class institutions.
  7. Introduce short courses in the TVET curriculum based on 4 hours, 6 hours, 12 hours, 20 hours, one day, one week and one month.
  8. Introduce additional TVET courses in logistics stream catering to the job market demand.
  9. Increase the number of TVET courses available for women
    • Courses in management, computer operator, programming assistant, tour and travel assistant, etc.
    • In addition, introduce short courses (1 to 2 weeks) in hair care, facials, nail art and sewing garments.
  10. Introduce “Train the Trainer” courses for TVET instructors to enhance their skills.
  11. Ensure availability of free online language courses to all citizens.
  12. Implement an online skill assessment portal for individuals to assess their current skill levels and to identify areas for improvement.
  13. Implement a job bank where unemployed citizens are geo-tagged and directed to jobs matching their skills. This would also monitor new students until they have been employed.
  14. Initiate a dedicated plan on district-wise job creation.
    • Tourism related jobs.
      Tour guide training courses, retail, homestay hotel operation, beach club operations, bartenders, waiters and receptionists, etc.
    • Hotel sector job creation through online hospitality courses.
    • Training videos for homestay hotel operators.
    • Nursing training courses.
    • Provide funds to conduct courses on handloom, traditional crafts and handicrafts, etc.
  15. Launch a dedicated website for TVET students with information on:
    • Technical colleges available in the area.
    • Courses available based on location
    • Career guidance.
    • Jobs availability in the area.
    • Video-based TVET course learning.
    • Video-based personal and soft-skill development with grooming tips.
  16. Increase intake of students in nursing colleges.