Industry Knowledge Enhancement Program
Sri Lanka is fast becoming an IT hub for international business. With the opportunity of tapping into bigger international markets such as Europe, Australia, Scandinavia, South East Asia etc, the knowledge held within IT related organizations would need to become more diversified.
To facilitate this requirement, the ‘Industry Knowledge Enhancement’ programme was designed to enhance the awareness and understanding of required fields among employers and the future workforce in the Sri Lankan IT industry.
The ICTA shall fund and facilitate training programs including workshops and forums to help participants adopt the latest technologies to enhance quality and information security in career development.
1. Domestic Learning Seminars
‘Domestic Learning Seminars’ is one of the key capacity building initiatives incepted in 2009. Having adopted incremental improvement over time, the project continues to drive excellence. The project focuses on adaptation and skill enhancement of the current IT labor pool in Sri Lanka. Composed of a series of training programmes spread throughout the year, it caters to the current knowledge demand in the local IT industry. The key knowledge areas are determined by the core competencies required within the industry.
2. Quality code development initiative
The IT Industry of Sri Lanka is facing the issue of developers producing low quality code during the first couple of years of their career. The ‘Quality Code’ program was developed as a solution to this problem.
Industry experts along with ICTA put together a curriculum targeted at Quality Code Development, which is delivered by speakers from the industry who shall elaborate on tips and key principles needed to enforce Quality Code.
3. Building Security Professional
The ‘Building Security Professionals’ project highlights the need for more IT security professionals in Sri Lanka. The initiative is directly derived from the government’s vision of building 20,000 IT security professionals in Sri Lanka by the year 2020.
The project entails a long-term plan of creating awareness and enhancing basic IT Security knowledge . The project envisions to introduce school students to IT security based careers.
• To open up the opportunities for IT industry to build capacity in priority knowledge areas which are highly required in driving for excellence.
• To cultivate the knowledge based economy via introducing new technology through internationally recognized training programs at an affordable cost.
• To enhance the quality of the existing workforce while building certified professionals in key demanded areas in international context.
The objective of the strategy is to provide the latest knowledge to employees of the IT/ITES industry through a series of short courses which would enhance the competitiveness of the Industry.
• New technology infusion to the Industry e.g. Automated Testing, Hybrid development, Cloud technologies, Agile testing etc.
• Mature processes – Effort estimation, Agile Development
• Adoption of frameworks and standards e.g. Blackduck, ITIL,
• Certified workforce e.g. CBAP, STQB, Ethical Hacker,
• Over 1700+ professionals from 120+ companies have been trained in various topics since 2009.
• Some of the key courses were,
– Software Effort Estimation
– Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Master Training
– Hybrid Mobile Application Development Training
– Big Data and Hadoop Training
– Performance Testing – J Meter
– Devops – Chef & Puppet