Ministry of Education in Sri Lanka will provide workforce readiness training to thousands of Sri Lankan youth from the funding received from the Asian Development Bank. The Accelerated Skills Acquisition Program (ASAP), will provide the training using a specialized curriculum that targets unemployed youth between the ages of 15 – 25. High unemployment rates for youth who do not enter university continue to be a national concern in Sri Lanka.
ASAP's close collaboration with the private sector has ensured that the training curricula teaches the skills youth need most to be successful in the workplace. This will support the acquisition of post-secondary career-oriented soft skills that are essential for finding gainful employment, especially in the emerging ICT and service sectors of the Sri Lankan economy.