The Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE), the foremost organisation looking after the welfare aspects of Sri Lanka’s migrant workers and their families was established in 1985 under the Act No. 21 and amended by Act No. 4 of 1994 and Act No.56 of 2009, the primary legislation that deals with foreign employment.
For many employers and recruitment agencies the world over, the main issue that they are faced with is the fact that good workers are hard to find, while skilled workers are even harder to find.
Through the years however, Sri Lanka has been able to build a strong reputation of being a prime source of trainable, reliable, loyal and cost effective manpower to a number of industries. The liberalisation of trade along with the open economic policies pursued by Sri Lanka’s government has greatly encouraged our youth to learn and develop industrial skills. The close monitoring of industrial trends and the usage of modern technology and training methods have ensured that Sri Lankan workers are well-equipped to face any challenge that may come their way. These training programmes also help prospective migrant workers to develop positive work attitudes and behavioural patterns. In addition, trainees are apprenticed to work with large industries in order to gain on the job experience and to master the high standards needed for placement in foreign countries.
Every job applicant who is to travel overseas for employment are carefully interviewed to reassure their ability on the job, to revise on the requirements given by the employer and accepted by the employee.
Candidates are also requested to perform a medical examination in order to resolve their fitness and a background check is carried out by the Sri Lankan Police to prevent issues. These are all done prior to departure to ready the candidate preventing any delay.