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Introducing the innovative apprenticeship programme in partnership with Hatch MakerStudio and Vocational Training Authority

The next generation of Sri Lanka’s industry workforce is currently studying at Technical and Vocational Education and Training institutes (​​TVET) all over the country. Since the manufacturing technology is under permanent development, the requirements for TVET graduates have also evolved. In order to address the industry’s needs for skilled and competent workers, the Vocational Training Authority and Hatch MakerStudio have joined forces to pilot an innovative apprenticeship programme. 

The apprenticeship programme is designed for students in the field of mechatronics, robotics, automation and CNC-technologies and is focusing on the upskill, entrepreneurial mindset and problem solving capabilities. Together with industry partners, the selected apprentices will undergo a one month training programme at Hatch MakerStudio before being placed in the companies. The programme comprises of:

  • Product development training
  • Software and rapid prototyping training
  • Problem solving and design thinking exercises

During the course of the apprenticeship, Hatch MakerStudio will provide supervision and support for both the apprentices and companies, in order to ensure effective skills development and utilization of working power. Students with their own specific product ideas and business models can choose Hatch MakerStudio as their place of apprenticeship. 

This programme aims to improve the employability of TVET graduates, as well as support potential development of startup businesses in the field of automation, robotics and IOT. Furthermore, it opens up new avenues for private sector collaboration and their engagement with TVET institutions.

About Hatch MakerStudio: this is a community workspace designed for innovators, providing access to state-of-the-art digital fabrication technology and equipment for startups and individuals to prototype and test their innovations. It is an ideal platform for creative thinkers to collaborate and drive innovation in product development and manufacturing aiming at new opportunities for economic growth.

For more information about this programme or other MakerStudio opportunities please contact [email protected].

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01.Left to Right: Krishantha Pathiraja, Chairman at Palmyrah Development Board,  Florian Manderschied, Head Maker at Hatch MakerStudio,  Brindha Selvadurai, CEO and Co-Founder, Hatch, Eranga Basnayake, CEO and Chairman of Vocational Training Authority, Mahesh Ariyarathne, Vice Chairman of VTA

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