Deputy Director General's Message  

Mr. B.H.S. Suraweera

As in many other countries, up to early 19th century, informal apprenticeship was the only mode of vocational training and it has happened as a family tradition. After establishment of the first technical college in 1893 at Maradana, Colombo, there had been a gradual expansion of the technical colleges under colonial rule. At this period, focus of the TVET was to meet skills requirement of the colonial government. The State Council in 1940s and the Parliament after independence have considered many proposals on expansion of TVET system. By 1970 unemployment has become a major issue and then focus of expansion of TVET system was the solving unemployment. However, this expansion has happened without a quality focus. Therefore, in 1990, the Tertiary and Vocational Education Act of 1990 was passed by the Parliament to establish the Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission (TVEC), to steer the TVET system of Sri Lanka with quality focus and an unified qualification system.


The Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission was established in 1991 as the apex body in the technical and vocational education and training sector under the provisions of the Tertiary and Vocational Education Act No 20 of 1990. Its primary responsibility is policy formulation, planning, quality assurance, coordination and development of tertiary and vocational education in the country.

The amendments introduced in December 1999 to the Tertiary and Vocational Education Act No. 20 of 1990, ensures that 10 out of 17 members of the TVEC including its Chairman, represent the Employer Associations and Private Sector entrepreneurs. This provides a forum at the highest level for the private sector to contribute towards developing policies and programmes that would help achieve the vision of the Government of maintaining a demand-driven training system.

The Chairman and the Director General of the Commission are assisted by a team of Directors, in charge of development functions and a Secretary who oversees the personnel, financial and administration functions.

      Our Vision  
      "A Sri Lanka where all citizens have access to the highest possible standards of tertiary and vocational education and training which meet the human resource development needs of the country"  
      Our Mission  

"As the apex body in the TVET sector, we are committed to establish and maintain an efficient and effective technical education and vocational training system which is relevant to socio- economic goals and changing market needs"

      Our Objectives      
  • To develop, review, and reformulate national policies on tertiary and vocational education and training,
  • To formulate plans for the development of tertiary and vocational education and training sector
  • To implement the national system of quality assurance through registration of institutes and accreditation of training courses
  • To ensure the establishment and maintenance of standards by TVET institutions
  • To plan and coordinate the implementation of national trade testing and certification system
  • To develop and maintain a national system of vocational qualifications
  • To maintain the labour market information system for the TVET sector
  • To develop TVET institutes through management development programmes and financial assistance
  • To promote parity of esteem between education & training

Phone: +94 (0) 115849291, Fax: +94 (0) 112555007, Email:
'Nipunatha Piyasa' (3rd Floor), 354/2, Elvitigala Mw, Colombo 05, Sri Lanka.