Curtiss Institute by Dilmah
The Curtiss Institute facilitates access to e-learning. Since the establishment of the Centre, major progress has been made towards increasing access to education at all levels and increasing enrolment rates, particularly for marginalized women and youth.
For the past 7 years, the Curtiss Institute has been successfully transitioning its graduates into technology enabled employment. The Institute has partnered up with local employers and companies to better understand the requirements in the job market and translate them into training modules and curriculum, which will assist the graduates in securing jobs with IT firms.
Named after Darron Curtiss, a key Dilmah partner and friend, of New Zealand. The Curtiss Institute by Dilmah ensures that school leavers and other youth are equipped with the relevant IT skills, are job ready and equipped to deal with today’s business environment. Students can select one or both courses based on their skills and interest. Course durations vary from 3 months to 6 months and are geared to meet the needs of school leavers, the employed and part time students.
In 2017, the Curtiss Centre commenced classes for all MJF Kids under the age of 16, children with disabilities at the Rainbow Centre. Children from schools that are part of the Cricket Live Foundation and the Empower Culinary and Hospitality School also receive training in IT at Curtiss as part of their course curriculum. Special training courses have also been conducted for teachers from smaller schools in the Greater Moratuwa area who may have little or no access to computers.
The Curtiss Institute has applied for NVQ Level 4 certification.
Pavani Piyumali won the award for Academic Excellence at the Convocation of the Curtiss Institute by Dilmah in 2018. Pavani currently offers her services as a freelancer for a foreign company. The skills that she acquired from the MS Office and Certificate of Graphic Design courses have helped her to stand out in this increasingly digitized, interconnected world.