Training and Development

Cargills endeavors to develope a talented work force equipped with the necessary modern knowledge and competencies along with a proper mindset to cope up with the emerging business challenges to gain a competitive advantage.

The company encourages a learning environment by stimulating integrated thinking, personal mastery, mental models, shared vision and team learning. The company facilitates training opportunities to employees by continuously examining training needs. Simultaneously, the employees are encouraged and motivated to point out the areas in which they require training to enhance their overall performance.

Our Nonprofit training arm, the Albert A. Page Institute (AAPI) of Food Business, provides training and development opportunities for youth in the system as well as from regional areas of Sri Lanka as part of the Group’s CSR initiatives. AAPI collaborates with civil society partners to identify and train young men and women who lack the necessary skills-sets to gain employment in the private sector. Many go on to be a part of Team Cargills.

E-Learning environment with Independent Grocers Alliance

The IGA Institute is a non-profit educational foundation developed by IGA (Independent Grocers Alliance), to provide on-line training materials, web based job certification courses and class room training to support the career development needs of its retail food associations around the globe. The IGA Institute functions as the Alliance’s Learning & Development department by offering competitive skills to independent retailers worldwide. AAPI is currently registered with the IGA Institute and is able to offer these courses online to students. Cargills utilizes these online learning opportunities to empower youth in rural areas using ICT as a tool for development.

Yum! Training

Certifications partnered by NAITA

The National Apprenticeship and Industrial Training Authority, popularly known as NAITA entered into a partnership with Cargills (Ceylon) PLC in 2017 with a view to provide joint certification and training for youth in the fields of Modern Retail, Food Manufacturing and Food Services.

Youth interested in gaining an industrial qualification in retail, food manufacturing or food servicing can register through NAITA to enter the programs. All participants receive a comprehensive training experience along with a training allowance and continuous evaluation and certification accredited by the Albert A. Page Institute of Food Business, International Grocer’s Alliance (IGA) and Yum!.

Internships, Management Trainee and Management Intern programmes

Cargills provides opportunities for undergraduates and graduates to experience its work environment and culture through intensive internships, management internships and management training opportunities tailormade to bring out the full potential of Sri Lankan graduates. All programmes provide comprehensive exposure to multiple industries and disciplines with classroom and practical training. These programmes have been instrumental in harnessing the future leaders of Cargills in Retail, Manufacturing, Restaurants, Financial Services and Strategic Business Services.

"Enhancing Youth Skills" is one of the key principles of the Cargills business philosophy. It is incorporated into its mission statement as a commitment that the organization holds true to its heart. Not surprisingly as much as 70% of its work force is from rural Sri Lanka and 80% is below the age of 25. The Cargills Training and Development process is initiated under the Albert A. Page Institute of Food Business a non-profit venture established in 2006.


  • To increase the awareness of the Sri Lankan workforce regarding the expanding opportunities in the Food Retail, Consumer Goods and Agribusiness industries

  • To develop the existing and potential workforce of the food and agribusiness industry by enhancing knowledge, skills and competencies. Building proficiency in language and communication will be a key focus.

  • To enable those involved in the food industry to become 'sought after' in the regional job market thereby enhancing the net worth of the Sri Lankan workforce.

  • To develop leaders in food business management