Shaping the future for young people in Sri Lanka

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In Sri Lanka, 20% of young people are unemployed and many find it difficult to secure work. But the tourism industry, which accounts for 12% of Sri Lanka’s GDP and 11% of its employment, offers the chance of a more positive future.

The TUI Academy Sri Lanka provides education and practical training for vulnerable young people and opens the door to more opportunities and a career in tourism.

Helping 150 students on their way to a career in tourism, the three-year TUI Academy project combines classroom training with hands-on experience to help disadvantaged 17 to 24-year olds find work in the growing Sri Lankan tourism sector.

In the first year, 60 students will undertake a two-month vocational training course in hospitality and life-skills at the Aitken Spence School of Hospitality in Ahungalla, on Sri Lanka’s tourist-rich south western coast. After their training, they’ll be offered a three-month internship in a five-star hotel or resort nearby. When they graduate from the Academy, they’ll receive an industry recognised certificate to add to their career portfolio.

With a special focus on encouraging young women to take part, the TUI Academy Sri Lanka also aims to give them the confidence and independence to get their careers underway. At least one third of the roles will be filled with female students.

The TUI Academy Sri Lanka is part of the TUI Care Foundation’s worldwide TUI Academy programme. There are currently six operating projects in four different continents, and the programme focuses on empowering disadvantaged young people through personal development, tourism-related training, internship placement and career guidance.

PROJECT PARTNER

The TUI Academy Sri Lanka has been set up with Sustainable Hospitality Alliance which brings together engaged hospitality companies and uses the collective power of the industry to deliver impact locally and on a global scale.

They work with leading hospitality companies and strategic partners to address key challenges affecting our planet and its people, and develop practical resources and programmes to enable the wider industry to operate responsibly and grow sustainably. To reach young people from local communities who need support the most, the project also works with SOS Children’s Villages in Sri Lanka, an international non-profit organisation which cares for over 800 vulnerable children in six Children’s Villages across the country.

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