SLASSCOM (Sri Lanka Association of Software and Services Companies) and Vocational Training Authority of Sri Lanka (VTA) together with the Ministry of Education will be hosting a group of students from the first batch who sat for the Information Technology paper at the last Advanced Level examination. These students would be hosted to a one day ‘Future Careers’ workshop on the IT and BPO industry at the Virtusa Auditorium. Professionals from member companies would engage with the students and share their experience while enhancing the awareness of the opportunities available within the industry. In addition, the students would get an opportunity to visit some of the leading companies in the industry namely Virtusa, eCollege, IFS, WNS, Mphasis, Medigain and Saber Technologies to name a few.
 
This joint program has been organized as an initiative under the SLASSCOM-VTA MOU entered into in June 2011. The MOU focuses on correcting the mismatch between the supply and demand of manpower necessary with the correct skill set and customizing courses available with VTA to meet the current requirements for the IT/ BPO industry. The first project under this MOU was initiated in August 2011 when Virtusa, a global IT services Company and member of SLASSCOM offered to share the company’s training curricular with VTA and jointly develop a new a software-testing training program for VTA trainees in addition to facilitating industry visits.  
 
The IT/ BPO industry provides employment to over 35,000 young professionals according to the ICT survey published. Within the BPO industry 70% of employees are below the age of 30 years whilst 43% of employees are GCE A/ L qualified.  All SLASSCOM’s initiatives are geared towards driving Sri Lanka to reach our national goal of becoming the #1 industry to lead Sri Lanka to the Knowledge economy while achieving the target of US$1 billion in revenue and employment to over 100,000 by 2015.
 
The SLASSCOM Future Careers is aimed at expanding the talent pool available to the industry as part of this capacity building program. SLASSCOM together with VTA and the Ministry of Higher Education will educate students and parents about a wide array of options available in IT and BPO sectors, highlighting skills that will empower them to enter this industry and increase their earning potential. Students can also join online at www.FutureCareers.lk to learn about the industry. SLASSCOM invites industry professionals to also join at www.FutureCareers.lk to encourage and offer support and guidance to new entrants. We aim to leverage the Future Careers platform to primarily focus on creating awareness among youth about benefits of selecting IT or BPO as a career path.