SLASSCOM launches FutureCareers at EDEX
The Sri Lankan IT and BPO industry is projected to grow by 26 percent
in 2011 with export earnings estimated at US$ 390 million for 2010. Sri
Lanka has set a target of US$ 1 billion revenue with employment of
100,000 by 2015 in the IT/BPO industry. One of the key prerequisites for
this growth to be realised is the acceleration of human resource
capacity development in the industry.
The SLASSCOM FutureCareers initiative is aimed at expanding the
talent pool available to the industry as part of its capacity building
program. It will focus on connecting Sri Lankan youth to the exciting
job opportunities in the knowledge service industry for them to become
truly global citizens.
The IT/BPO industry offers exciting work, a fun atmosphere, global
exposure, fast paced career progression and the opportunity to become an
At the EDEX expo SLASSCOM will launch a short documentary on the
careers in the IT-BPO industry with the endorsement of the Ministry of
Higher Education, Ministry of Education and ICTA.
The FutureCareers documentary will highlight the work opportunities
and experience from young people employed within the IT/BPO industry
across a wide spectrum of jobs to give potential new entrants to the
industry an overview of the opportunities.
Students could meet leading IT-BPO companies at the SLASSCOM
FutureCareers pavilion. Walk in interviews would be conducted by some of
the companies. Dialog, HSBC, Providence, RRDonnelly, Innodata Isogen,
MMBL Cyber Skills, Virtusa, IFS, Hsenid, Mphasis and Infomate will be
some of the featured employers for students to discuss career
opportunities with the possibility of gaining employment.
At EDEX, SLASSCOM will educate both students and parents on the wide
array of options available in both the IT and BPO sectors, and highlight
the skills required that will empower them to enter this industry and
increase their earning potential.
"We aim to leverage the EDEX platform to primarily focus on creating
awareness among youth about the benefits of selecting IT or BPO as a
career path. Our aspiration is to attract large number of youth to join
the fast growing IT-BPO industry in Sri Lanka", Vice President and
Director SLASSCOM Madu Ratnayake said.
SLASSCOM entered into a strategic partnership with EDEX for the first
time for the EDEX-2011 Expo and has invited member companies to
participate in the SLASSCOM pavilion.
EDEX is the pioneering higher education and careers exhibition in Sri
Lanka organised by the Royal College Union attracting a large and
diverse number of local and overseas participants annually in Colombo
The 8th EDEX Expo will be held on January 22nd, 23rd and 24th 2011 at
BMICH Colombo and on January 26th and 27th at the Kandy City Centre
under its theme for 2011, "Be Wise, EDEX-Wise".