The Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) took the opportunity to link with GenuineIn to organize and participate in the International Conference on Talent Ecosystem (ICoTE) 2022 as one of the strategic partners. The event was held online on February 22, 2022 and was attended by at least 10,000 participants from 30 countries all over the world.

Introduction slide of Prof. G.L.D. Wickramasinghe presented in the panel discussion entitled: “Skill for Work and Life: Technical and Vocational Education and Training”.

Representing CPSC is the Director General, Prof. G.L.D. Wickramasinghe, who contributed to the discussions by highlighting the importance of TVET education and its integration at the national and international levels, and CPSC’s contribution to the promotion of this cause through the conduct of capacity-building programs for its member countries. He also pointed out challenges faced by the TVET sector, and some necessary changes and reforms to overcome these. His session was classified under the panel entitled: Skill for Work and Life: Technical and Vocational Education and Training”.

Prof. G.L.D. Wickramasinghe (top, third from left) with the rest of the members of the panel session entitled “Skill for Work and Life: Technical and Vocational Education and Training”.

In addition, he was invited to grace the closing ceremony of the conference together with other esteemed guests at the event. In his closing speech, he emphasized the role of TVET in shaping the future, particularly the adoption of 4IR (4th Industrial Revolution) strategies. He briefly shared CPSC’s efforts in order to further strengthen TVET in addressing the challenges in the labor force of its member countries.

A screenshot of some of the participants in the online conference in one frame

The strategic partners of ICoTE 2022

This conference organizer, GenuineIn, is a talent intelligence platform based in the US and with a presence through its partner network in 20 countries. It broadly focuses on how talent can be harnessed as organizations worldwide face stiff competition to employ the best people to initiate business recovery. As a result, there is a critical need to redefine and reevaluate how organizations think, act and work towards overcoming talent challenges.