Management Trainee’s Take Over with Dileeka

Posted on Thursday, February 15th, 2024

“I am definitely recommending the management trainee programme offered by SLRCS, for recent graduates aspiring to make a meaningful impact in the humanitarian or the development sector. They will get an opportunity to cultivate a powerful foundation for a successful career while contributing to noble causes”,  says Dileeka Nilmini, Management Trainee of Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS).


This is Dileeka’s story, as she shares her experience about the Management Trainee Programme offered at the Country’s Largest Humanitarian Organisation.


Dileeka’s journey began at the University of Jayawardenapura, Sri Lanka, where she earned an honours degree in Geography. Completing her academic pursuits with her interest in the development sector, she also completed a diploma in Disaster Management at the University of Kelaniya. Dileeka, a passionate graduate found its roots at the National Headquarters of the SLRCS. As a Management Trainee, Dileeka’s journey embodies the ethos of compassion, professionalism, and dedication towards the service.

Dileeka’s decision to join SLRCS’s Management Trainee Programme was driven by a deep-seated desire to make a difference in people’s lives. While she was studying disaster management, she cultivated passion for the humanitarian sector . SLRCS was seen as the perfect platform to realise her aspirations. The organisation’s esteemed reputation for providing unwavering support to those in need, assured her decision in stepping into the Management Trainee Programme.

Reflecting on her journey as a Management Trainee, Dileeka mentions that she’s had a transformative experience filled with diverse learning opportunities. Working closely with SLRCS’s Internal Audit and Human Resource Management departments. “I gained invaluable insights into project verification processes and organisational management, through workshops like the Protection, Gender and Inclusion (PGI), pursuing essential skills in time management, collaboration, and leadership”, she says. 

Dileeka added that; “with the experience of field visits, I received first hand exposure to the most impactful humanitarian projects in the country. These experiences reinforced my commitment and passion in serving the vulnerable communities of the country. Especially with the technical guidance and mentorship, I enriched my learning journey, paving the way for personal and professional growth”.

As Dileeka prepares to embark on her career journey, she acknowledges the pivotal role SLRCS’s Management Trainee Programme has played in shaping her aspirations. Empowered by her experiences, she is determined to pursue her passion for humanitarian work, armed with the skills and knowledge acquired during her tenure.