Through various surveys and focus group discussions SLASSCOM has identified that there is a significant employability skills gap in fresh university graduates in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka Association for Software Services Companies (SLASSCOM) is the national chamber for the knowledge and innovation industry in Sri Lanka and acts as the catalyst of growth. SLASSCOM facilitates trade and business, propagation of education and employment, encouraging research and innovation, and by influencing a national policy framework of value to the industry. SLASSCOM has over 400+ member companies with a 115,000 + employee base.
SLASSCOM has a vision and a target of generating an IT and BPM export revenue of USD 5 Bn in 2025 and developing the IT and BPM workforce up to 200,000 by 2025. As per the IT and BPM workforce survey 2019 by ICTA, the IT and BPM workforce in 2018 was 113,000. This implies that roughly 25,000 new employees are needed by the industry per year. Currently the annual supply of graduates within Sri Lanka is 12,000 resulting in a gap of 13,000. Even regarding the generated pool of graduates, concerns have arisen in relation to their quality of knowledge and skill. This was clearly visible through the Employability Skills Survey carried out by SLASSCOM in 2021 as well.