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Together We Rise – The Jetwing Youth Development Project In Jaffna

May 6, 2015 Responsible Tourism No Comments Print Print Email Email

483605_num1070322_600x600Sri Lanka’s premier hospitality brand Jetwing Hotels continues its commitment to the development and uplifting of local communities through the award winning Jetwing Youth Development Project (JYDP); this time in the once inaccessible region of Jaffna, located in the North of the country.

The 11th installment of Jetwing Youth Development Projectbegan on the 20th of January, 2015 at the Vocational Training Centre in Karainagar, Jaffna. A region with massive potential, Jaffna is currently transforming itself to a centre stage of tourist attraction by the inclusion of regional, cultural values to complement the already world-renowned Sri Lankan hospitality with the commitment and dedication of the local community.

The opening ceremony was attended key personnel who represented the organizations taking part and executing the programme in respective areas, and included Hon. C.V. Wigneswaran, Chief Minister of the Northern Province; Hiran Cooray, Chairman of Jetwing and Chulangi Perera, Director General of the Vocational Training Authority.

Following on the success of the JYDP held in Hambantota, Jetwing has partnered with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (Vocational Training in the North Project – GIZ) and the Vocational Training Authority (VTA). The two organizations have a long history and proven track record of helping the local community and providing training needs to fill employment requirements and were thus an ideal fit for the Project’s demanding logistical requirements. As per the previous programmes, 80 trainees will be provided hands-on training in areas such as Front Office Management, Kitchen, Food & Beverage, and Housekeeping operations supplemented by language and communication instruction, and soft skills instruction – provided completely free of charge and without any employment restrictions.


“The first ever JYDP went on to win the PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association) Grand Award, and more satisfying is the simple fact that through the programme hundreds of lives have been changed – talented and eager youth are given an opportunity to create a new future for themselves. With the support of our partners, GIZ and VTA, I look forward to seeing our country’s youth rise together, and champion our hospitality throughout the world” said Hiran Cooray, Chairman of Jetwing.

Family owned and in the tourism industry for the past 42 years, Jetwing Hotels has surpassed expectation at every aspect. Building on their foundation of being passionate, as well as the experience of true, traditional Sri Lankan hospitality, constantly pioneering discoveries captures the essence of the brand. Such a strong statement and direction have enabled Jetwing Hotels to imagine, create and manage marvels and masterpieces, where distinctive design and elegant comfort complement each other and the environment. Considered a priority, sustainable and responsible practice is implemented through the award winning Jetwing Eternal Earth Programme; with energy efficiency, community upliftment, and education of earth saving measures to schoolchildren being a few tenets of the Programme.

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