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Wickramarachchi Opticians inaugurates NVQ Level Optometry Courses

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Dignitaries at the inauguration handing over equipment required for training to the students

J.M. Wickramarachchi & Company (Pvt) Ltd together with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Sri Lanka (AHK Sri Lanka) commenced two comprehensive, practice-oriented NVQ level training courses on Optometry last week at the Wickramarachchi Opticians Hearing Care Center in Delkanda.

Fifteen trainees have been selected to follow the Ophthalmic Technician course (NVQ Level 3) while 31 trainees have been selected to follow the Optometrist (NVQ Level 5) course. Successful trainees will be placed in Wickramarachchi’s islandwide branch network.

Both courses will follow curricula endorsed by the Tertiary & Vocational Education Commission (TVEC) and include elements of the German dual qualification that ensures conformity to quality standards defined by the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK). The training initiative is co-financed by J.M. Wickramarachchi & Company, Swiss State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).The intervention was initiated through the Business Scouts for Development (BSfD) programme of AHK Sri Lanka.

The Ambassador of Switzerland to Sri Lanka and Maldives, Dr Domink Furgler said, “I am really happy about the top quality vocational training opportunities offered to Sri Lankan youth. Today, we are inaugurating such a project and I am additionally pleased that we have a unique programme offered to hearing impaired young people. Convinced of the success of the German dual system and aware of the high quality of the projects of our German neighbors and friends, we have been supporting them for years in various countries.”

Dr Furgler further added, “I encourage both entrepreneurs and authorities in Sri Lanka to create more space for vocational education and be inspired by the success of examples like the German and Swiss dual training system. It is clear that you cannot copy a system and bring it to another country and there are questions of local context and conditions.”

Founder of J.M. Wickramarachchi & Company (Pvt) Ltd Mihira Wickramarachchi said, “We hope to change the current reality of the Sri Lankan optical and hearing industries by creating more beneficial training possibilities. We aim to produce a more professional and qualified teams to raise the standards within the industry. We are very confident that these research and development opportunities will lead to create a very superior expertise in optometry and hearing care within the country.”

Representing world renowned hearing aid brand Phonak, Sonovo Group distributed hearing aids to trainees and provided technical assistance on training deliveries.

At the end of the inauguration ceremony, Swiss Ambassador Dr Furgler and Chua Tze Peng, the Managing Director of Phonak Sonova in Singapore ceremoniously opened three mobile hearing aid clinics that will operate at ground level in Sri Lanka to offer hearing aid services to the general public.

 

Saturday, March 19, 2022 – 01:00











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