BAFF’s training center, located in Kabalana on the Southern coast of Sri Lanka, proposes theoretical and “on the job” training to underprivileged youth in areas which have a potential of economic development in the country. Up to today, more than four hundred young people benefitted from the multi-skills and boat building training programs.
The training covers several fields such as:
- Boat building (fishing and leisure).
- Sail and mast making.
- Mechanical and electrical engineering.
- Polyurethane and molder rubber products manufacturing.
- Civil works: masonry, plumbing, carpentry, air conditioning and refrigerator repairs.
All training programs include written and spoken English, marketing, small businesses management, basic bookkeeping, IT, internet, e-mail and administrative software.
The candidates usually have their O level and are aged between 18 and 22 years old.
The full training lasts one year and is divided in two periods of 6 months: Theoretical & practical classes and on the job training. A large majority, 95%, of the trainees succeed the examination and complete the training.
Most of the trainees get a job in one of the 7 SME’s created at the initiative of the Building A Future Foundation and some of them found an employment in other industries in the island.
BAFF established a cooperation with a public body locally recognized: The National Apprentice and Industrial Training Authority (NAITA) acting under the Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission of Sri Lanka.
BAFF and NAITA jointly promote employment opportunities for apprentices who succeeded NAITA and BAFF’s vocational training programs. Following the examination, the trainee gets a valid trade certificate from NAITA.
Benefits for the students
The training is free. The student receives a monthly allowances, breakfast and money to buy a lunch packet every day. BAF Foundation also provides all the uniforms, safety equipment’s and raw materials for construction. The trainees also have access to showers, a canteen and a library.