Age limit to employ unemployed graduates raised to 45 years

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –The age limit to apply for employment under the government’s program to provide jobs for all unemployed graduates and diploma holders has been raised to 45 years from the earlier limit of 35 years.

President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has decided to increase the age limit considering the requests by the unemployed graduates and other public organizations.

The Program to provide jobs for all unemployed graduates and diploma holders has commenced and will accept application forms until 20th of February.

The objective of this program is to create a situation in which all young people have the opportunity to contribute to the sustainable development process on a credible and rational basis to create a work culture beneficial to the country, the President’s Media Office said.

The program is planned and implemented according to ‘Saubhagyaye Dekma’, the policy statement of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Prospective candidates must have completed a Degree or Diploma program recognized by the University Grants Commission before 31.12.2019. They should not be more than 45 years of age on that date. The applicant should be a permanent resident of the area that comes under the Divisional Secretariat to which the application is submitted and should not have been employed for the period of three years immediately preceding this process.

Duly completed application form, with a photocopy of the Degree or Diploma certificate and the detailed result sheet (certified copies of original documents attested by a Justice of Peace or by an Attorney- at- law) should be sent through the Speed Post Courier Service of the Postal Department of Sri Lanka before 2020-02-14. Application forms could be downloaded from website.

Applications should be forwarded to the following address:

The Programme to provide jobs for unemployed graduates and diploma holders 2020,
Corporate management and Co-ordination Division,
Presidential Secretariat, Galle Face, Colombo 01.

If the applicant is a graduate, on the top left-hand corner of the envelope it should be stated ‘Graduate/ (Name of the District) and if the applicant is a diploma holder on the envelope should be stated’ Diploma Holder/ (Name of the District).

Applications received after the deadline will be rejected.

Selected candidates will be employed in the Ministry of Education (Rural and Estate Schools), Department of Irrigation, Department of Agrarian Services, Department of Wildlife, Department of Indigenous Medicine, Ministry of Health (Rural Hospitals / Dispensary), Survey Department, Department of Agriculture, Department of Minor Export Crops, Department of Valuation and Department of Immigration and Emigration.

A monthly allowance of Rs. 20,000 will be paid during the one year training period. Appointments are made on district basis and it is compulsory to serve for 5 years in the district where the first appointment is made.

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