The courses are 6 months long and include training in local training centres as well as traineeships in local enterprises. The project provides work-related entry level skills and supports the graduates in finding gainful employment. Mentoring and in-kind support is offered to those graduates who have decided to start their own businesses. It thus enhances access to training and improves the employability and income opportunities of disadvantaged persons.
The programme partners at the national level include the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training, the Ministry of Tourism as well as the Ministry of Women’s Affairs. In the provinces, it works with a range of stakeholders including provincial government departments and governmental training providers. This includes Women’s Development Centres and Provincial Training Centres.
The third intake of Dual Vocational Training, one of the programmes intervention areas, was launched in September 2018 with ceremonies in the three provinces. The event at the Provincial Training Centre in Preah Vihear took place on 3 September and was chaired by Mr. Tang Hul, the institute’s principal. In his speech he emphasised the importance of skills development for the province’s development: “With skills training, our youth can fulfil their dreams and build a resilient livelihood for their families. The training also helps to reduce the local skills shortage.”
Occupations covered in the new intake include welding, in-house wiring, small engine repair, motorcycle maintenance, tailoring and beautician. Swisscontact is currently planning to extend the training offer to more provinces in Cambodia.