ST.JOHN’S VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRE

BATTICALOA -EP

INTRODUCTION

St John’s Vocational Training Centre (SJVTC) is situated in the verdant village of Thiruperunthurai, which is about a km from the main town of Batticaloa.

Its campus encompasses a boys’ home, a spacious playgrounds with pavilion, the SJVTC, an Academy block earmarked to be developed as a Music Academy, a burial grounds at its far end, and, a natural ditch runs along its left boundary that collects rain water.

SJVTC was inaugurated at the semi permanent 4 roomed building in the St. John’s Church premises on May 6, 1996 by Rev. Dr. S. Dr. Jeyanesan, with an overflow of trainees for all its 4 courses. Then by 1998/9 it was shifted to the current spacious location. In 2004 it was recognized by and registered with the TVEC (the apex authority for Tertiary and Vocational Education) as an accredited institution for providing Vocational Training (P20/0026).

TRAINING FACILITIES

SJVTC has training bays to operate about 20 different accredited courses, for NVQ level 3 and 4. Depending on trainee interest and employability demands different courses are run from time to time. Institutional training period was initially one year; however, with subsequent reforms, since 2011, it remains as 6 months.   So far we have trained more than 4,000 trainees in as many as 20 different trades.

TRAINING MODE

We aim to develop ASK (Attitude, Skill, Knowledge) in our trainees. However, having realized the necessity to develop Life-skills also in trainees to develop holistic competency for gainful employability, the SJVTC is currently engaged in the feasibility study to transform itself into a Community College. We strive to develop “Holistic Competent Employable Youth to Face Life with Dignity and Hope”

TRAINEE SUPPORT

Until midway to third quarter of 2018 SJVTC have had continual supports from different donor partners at different times. Hence courses along with accommodation and food were offered free of any charge. Since 2019, with no donor partners, from time to time fund is raised for specific courses and purposes to offer courses on demand for trainees for a heavily subsidized fee (less than 25 % of the total cost). Support from local sources and individual donors are sought now.

List of currently operating training bays and the trainings

Training bay

Course/s

Accreditation / Level

Potential Capacity

Computer Applications unit *

CAA (Computer Applications Assistant)

NVQ 3

20 – 25

Tailoring unit *

Tailor

NVQ 3, 4

15-20

Computer Hardware unit *

Computer Hardware technicians

NVQ 3, 4

10 – 12

Air Condition and Refrigeration unit *

Air condition and Refrigeration technician

NVQ 3

15

Electrician unit *

Electrical wiring and installation technician

NVQ 3

15

Motorbike unit *

Motorbike repair technician

NVQ 3

10

Short courses *

In all courses, covering necessary modules

15

List of available training bays and their capacities for courses

List of available training bays and their capacities for courses (* currently functioning units)

Training bay Course/s Accreditation / Level Capacity
Computer Applications unit * CAA (Computer Applications Assistant) NVQ 3 20 – 25
Tailoring unit * Tailor NVQ 3, 4 15-20
Printing unit Litho printer NVQ 3 10
Computer Hardware unit * Computer Hardware technicians NVQ 3, 4 10 – 12
Computer hardware and network NVQ 4 (accreditation awaited) 10
Air Condition and Refrigeration unit * Air condition and Refrigeration technician NVQ 3 15
Automobile Air condition technicians NVQ 3 15
Electrician unit * Electrical wiring and installation technician NVQ 3 15
Domestic equipment repair technician NVQ 3 15
Machine shop Machinist NVQ 3 10-12
Welding shop Welder NVQ 3 10-12
Carpentry shop Wood work technician – furniture NVQ 3 10-12
Wood work technician – building NVQ 3 10-12
Motorbike unit * Motorbike repair technician NVQ 3 10
Masonry unit Construction technicians NVQ 3 15
Automobile unit Automobile technicians NVQ 2 15
Plumbing unit Plumber NVQ 4 15
Aluminium unit Aluminium fabricator NVQ 3 15
Others Constructions supervisor NVQ 4 15
Multi-skill technicians (MEP) NVQ 4 15
Short courses * In all courses, covering necessary modules 15
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