Employment & Welfare

Employment & Welfare

Awareness Programmes for Newly Arrived Employees

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Seoul conducts awareness programmes at training centers for newly arrived Sri Lankan employees in collaboration with the Korea Federation of SMEs (KBIZ), the National Federation of Fisheries Cooperatives (NFFC) and the Construction Association of Korea (CAK).

This programme contains the following information:

  • Labour regulations in Korea
  • Safely awareness and insurance schemes in Korea
  • Responsibilities of employers
  • Rights and responsibilities of employees
  • Responsible conduct and good behavior
  • Gender sensitivity
  • Financial awareness and money management
  • SLBFE registration and benefits
  • Developing and maintaining good relations between employer and employee
  • Share Embassy experiences as relevant
  • Discourage illegal overstay
  • Korean culture and living in Korea

“Diriya Maga” Awareness and Counseling Programme

The Embassy conducts this business-oriented programme for Sri Lankan employees in collaboration with the Human Resources Development Service of Korea (HRD), Support Centers for Migrant Workers and the National Federation of Fishery Cooperatives (NFFC). The programme is introduced to enhance productive business and entrepreneurial skills among returning employees to ensure their smooth re-integration to the labour force of Sri Lanka on their return.

The programme contains the following information:

  • Developing business and entrepreneurial skills
  • How to start a new business
  • Selection of areas of potential business
  • Savings and money management
  • Method of application for a bank loan from a state / private bank
  • Types of assistance extended by the Government and / or the private sector in Sri Lanka to start a business
  • Technical support needed to start a business, which can be obtained through the Government and private sector institutions
  • Successful case studies
  • Advice on how to utilise technical skill sets accumulated in Korea to a new business venture in Sri Lanka
  • Types of return support provided by HRD Korea and SLBFE, i.e., Return Support Information Session proposed by HRD Korea
  • Try to persuade illegal employees to return back to Sri Lanka to start a business

This programme also helps employees to obtain SLBFE Registration as well as advisory services from Embassy officials on labour-related grievances.

Employer Appreciation Visits (Company Visits)

Embassy officials undertake regular visits to Korean SME companies to appreciate employers who have recruited Sri Lankan employees and to offer plaques of appreciation and souvenirs to them. This programme was launched in 2014 with a view to establishing good relations with employers, to promote Sri Lankan employees in Korea, and to ascertain the living and working conditions of Sri Lankan employees as well as to resolve disputes, if any. The Embassy has found this programme to be extremely helpful in collecting information and promoting Sri Lanka. It has also helped raise awareness and interest on Sri Lankan employees among Korean employers, thus positively persuading them to recruit Sri Lankan employees in the future.