Vision & Mission Statement
To be the Region's leading service icon in Skills Development & Research.
To encourage & foster skills, and professionalism of individuals and institutions which meet International Quality Standards.
“Skills” Brand to be ranked as the leader in Vocational Training.
We believe in Ethics, Innovation, Professionalism & Quality.
Skills International, authorized Implementation Partner of City & Guilds of UK is a company with the primary objectives of promoting and conducting City & Guilds Programs aimed at career initiation and advancement.
City & Guilds is a Royal Chartered Institute of the United Kingdom that was established in 1878 and accounts for over 50% of all National Vocational Qualifications offered in UK . City & Guilds Programs are offered through 8000 approved centres worldwide and has a global presence in over 100 countries. City & Guilds annually issues over 1 Million Certifications in over 800 subjects. Being an ISO 9000 certified institution, City & Guilds ensures quality assurance through a stringent process of monitoring the delivery of programs and assessments at their approved centres.
In the training sphere, Skills International is actively engaged in conducting several skills advancement programs in Sri Lanka.
In the Engineering Field
Skills International ("Skills") conducts several City & Guilds Technician & Craft Level Programs through the Government Technical Education Network under the auspices of the Ministry of Skills Development & Vocational Education. These include Certificate, Diploma, & Advanced Diploma Programs in Electrical, Electronics, Mechanical, Motor Vehicle, Civil & Refrigeration/Air-Conditioning Engineering. All programs conducted by "Skills" are offered with practicals to enable full certification at all levels.
In collaboration with the Government Technical Education Network, "Skills" also holds "Skills Proficiency" Tests or Trade Tests which are much sort after by prospective migrant professionals for certification of their competency in the chosen field.
In all these programs "Skills" engages the corporation & resources of City & Guilds together with Experts from Industry, Universities and Technical Education Institutions to ensure the blending of the City & Guilds standards with the local environment.
"Skills" also conducts preparation courses for the Engineering Council (UK) examinations in both Colombo and Kandy.
In the area of Soft Skills
Skills International conducts several programs aimed at career advancement in the fields Marketing, Hospitality and English Language Related Vocational Programs.
In the field of Marketing
Several Sales & Marketing courses leading to City & Guilds Certification are offered at Skills International. All these programs are skills development programs with an emphasis on participative techniques.
Special corporate training in the Sales & Marketing field is undertaken by “Skills”. Programs also include specific training targeted at leading categories for e.g. Pharmaceutical, Insurance, Retail etc.
In the field of English
"Skills" offers several programs that are intended to raise the relative levels of English Language Competency with special emphasis on Spoken English. (Spoken English for Speakers of Other Languages - SESOL).
These programs are conducted at different levels of competency to suit different careers. The programmes are ideally suited for those seeking to enter a career and for those who would benefit by higher English Language Skills for career advancement.
"Skills" operates on their own, as well as through franchised "Skills International" delivery centres, in Kurunegalle, Ambalangoda and Bambalapitiya to ensure a wider reach. The Skills International theme “Making English Work” underlines the language training focus for career prospects.
In the field of Hospitality
Skills International inaugurated their hospitality Academy in September 2006. The Academy Focuses on Food & Beverage Service, Reception & Front office services and Housekeeping.
Programs are offered at Skills Proficiency (practical aptitude), certificate and Diploma Levels leading to City & Guilds Certification.
A joint program with leading local Hotel Chains is also envisaged which will offer a student an internship with the Hotel leading to the City & Guilds Diploma.
Skills International has also established a linkage with the Nanyang Institute of Management in Singapore for students.
"Skills" in addition to being a City & Guilds Training Centre for several Engineering subjects, Marketing and English Language related programs; is also an approved City & Guilds Examination Centre.
Last year "Skills" recorded the largest number of ESOL, SESOL, e-Quals IT Theory, e-Quals Application Software Tests for one single company for the whole of South Asia .
Under a UNDP sponsored program Skills International was engaged in trade testing leading to certification of craft level trainees based on the City & Guilds Skills Proficiency Certificate which is an endorsement of skills on par with international standards.
"Skills International" reached a milestone when they were engaged by the Work Bank funded IRQUE (Improving Relevance and Quality of Undergraduate Education) Project to carry out a survey, evaluation, and analysis of the literacy levels of the 12 Public Universities in Sri Lanka in English and Information Technology. This was first time ever that such an exercise was carried out to benchmark the Universities in order to ascertain the degree of upgrading required by each University in terms of Trainer Resources and Infrastructure. World Bank's assistance to the Universities through the IRQUE Program was contingent upon this benchmarking. Skills have now been engaged by the Ministry of Education to establish a second survey to investigate the impact made by the upgrading of infrastructure & human resources. The Ministry has also tasked Skills to establish similar benchmarks for specific programs selected for direct assistance.
Skills International has also been engaged by the Tertiary & Vocational Education Commission (TVEC) to prepare the Vocational Education Training (VET) Plans for the Health, Plantation and Office Management Sectors. These projects are now underway and are intended to analyze the skills gap in the sectors and identify training required to upgrade the services to cater to the demand and world standards.
Train the Trainer Programmes
"Skills" also engages in Train the Trainer Programs that engages expert resources from overseas. Programs such as the recently concluded "Train the Trainer Program" conducted by Mr. Vincent Smidowicz, an Examiner and Trainer for " Cambridge " and "City & Guilds" are among groundbreaking programs that gave valuable insight into skills training.
Skills have also embarked on training teachers for the City & Guilds ACE (Access Certificate in English Language Teaching) which is a sought after City & Guilds program developed at the Manchester University, UK. Qualifiers of the ACE program can use the Award as entry criteria for the Masters Program in English Language Teaching at the Manchester University.
With their vision & Goals, "Skills" will continue to pursue its values - innovation, professionalism & Quality in all their programs.