Volume VIII
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Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.



2. Establishment of the Vocational Training Authority of Sri Lanka.

3. Functions of the Authority.

4. Powers of the Authority.

5. Constitution of the Authority.

6. Term of office of members.

7. Chairman and Vice-Chairman.

8. Disqualification from being appointed or continue as a member of the Authority.

9. Directions of the Minister.

10. Power of Minister is order investigation in to activities of the Authority.

11. Act not in validated due to any vacancy.

12. Remuneration of members of Authority.

13. Meeting of the Authority.

14. Seal of the Authority.

15. Vocation of Training Council.



16. Staff of the Authority.

17. Appointment of officers in the public service to the staff of Authority.

18. Delegation of powers, functions and duties to officers and servants of the Authority.



19. Borrowing Powers of the Authority.

20. Vocational Training Development Fund.

21. Payments out of the fund.

22. Training allowance.

23. Provision of Employees' Provident Fund Act, No. 15 of 1953, and Employees' Trust Fund Act, No. of 46 of 1980, not to apply to trainee.

24. Financial year of the Authority.

25. Audit of accounts of Authority.



26. Power of the Authority to call for information.

27. Transfer of property, contracts or liabilities of the State to the Authority.

28. Power to acquired land compulsorily.

29. Authority deemed to be a scheduled institution within the meaning of the Bribery Act.

30. Members, officers and servants of the Authority deemed to be public servants.

31. Protection of action taken under this Act or on the direction of the Authority.

32. Transitional provisions.

33. Savings.

34. Regulations.

35. Sinhala text to prevail in case of inconsistency.

36. Interpretation.

12 of 1995.

AN ACT to provide for the establishment of the Vocational Training Authority of Sri Lanka, to specify the powers duties and functions of that authority, and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

[Date of Commencement: 3rd July, 1995]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Vocational Training Authority of Sri Lanka Act, and shall come into operation on such date as the Minister may appoint by Order published in the Gazette (hereinafter referred to as the "appointed date”).



2. Establishment of the Vocational Training Authority of Sri Lanka.

(1) There shall be established in accordance with the provisions of this Act, an Authority which shall be called the Vocational Training Authority of Sri Lanka (hereinafter referred to as the "Authority”).

(2) The Authority shall, by the name assigned to it by subsection (1), be a body corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal and may sue and be sued in that name.

3. Functions of the Authority.

The functions of the Authority shall be—

(a) to continue every Vocational Training project or programme conducted by the Manpower Division and the Foreman Training Institute on the day immediately preceding the appointed date;

(b) to formulate programmes for Vocational Training and to provide, directly, or through any agency in the public or private sector, Vocational Training to eligible persons so as to enable them to acquire the necessary skills required for employment;

(c) to conduct National Trade tests and examinations and to issue certificates and other awards to persons who have undergone Vocational Training in accordance with the development plan prepared under the Tertiary and Vocational Education Act;

(d) to carry out research and development in Vocational Training;

(e) to co-ordinate, facilitate and assist, all forms of Vocational Training conducted by agencies in the public or private sector;

(f) to offer career-guidance and counseling services to enable persons who have undergone Vocational Training to choose careers according to their aptitudes and skills;

(g) to offer job placement services wherever possible, to persons who have satisfactorily completed Vocational Training;

(h) to engage in research activities on the manpower needs of the economy and the demand for job skills and employment opportunities;

(i) to set up Organisation and programmes Relating to the Vocational Training;

(j) to lease, and establish links with International Vocational Training Organisations and Institutions;

(k) to coordinate and facilitate the training of trainers required for Vocational Training by the public and private sectors.

4. Powers of the Authority.

(1) The Authority shall have the power to do all such acts as may be necessary for the discharge of all or any of its functions.

(2) Without prejudice to the generality of the powers conferred on the Authority by subsection (1), the Authority shall have the power—

(a) to establish and manage centres or institutions for Vocational Training in any prescribed field;

(b) to assist financially or otherwise, the purchase of machinery or raw materials, or in the provision of any other facilities, for Vocational Training;

(c) to participate in any such programmes or activities relating to Vocational Training as may be determined by the Minister;

(d) to assess and evaluate, from time to time, the standards maintained and results obtained in the different fields of Vocational Training;

(e) to promote the introduction of new methodologies, techniques and equipment to obtain the maximum results from Vocational Training;

(f) to inspect and monitor centres and institutions for Vocational Training, to ascertain whether proper standards are being maintained therein;

(g) to levy and charge fees or other charges for services rendered, or facilities or equipment provided, by the Authority for Vocational Training;

(h) to acquire, hold, take or give on lease, mortgage or hire, pledge or, sell or otherwise dispose of, any movable or immovable property for the purpose of discharging the functions of the Authority;

(i) to provide financial assistance, welfare and recreational facilities, houses and other accommodation for the trainees, officers and servants of the Authority;

(j) to enter into and execute, whether directly or through any officer or agent authorised in that behalf by the Authority, all such contracts or agreements as may be necessary for the discharge of the functions of the Authority;

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