The LVT, one of the components of the Vocational Skills Development Program is implemented by Swisscontact, Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation in cooperation with International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Mon and Kayin States. The program is financed by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)/Embassy of Switzerland in Myanmar. The implementation of the VSDP started in September 2014 and last until January 2018.
LVT courses aim to connect disadvantaged people with existing labour market needs. The training offered is for the occupations of Tailor, House Wirer, Beautician and Rural Mechanic. The 12 week long vocational training courses offer basic technical but also life skills. The courses are open to females and males alike, with a focus on assisting women to enter the pre-dominantly male labor market. The courses provide practical skills rather than theoretical skills so that Graduates will find it easy to start working. LVT has already implemented four batches of training since May 2015 and trained over 1,519 Learners across.
The training is offered free of charge and each course includes 20 Learners. Learner receive some assistance to commute to the training and are given a small tool box at the end of the training. So far the results indicate that many of the graduates have found jobs in their new occupations or are self-employed.
The fifth batch of LVT will commence on 5 September and finish on 25 November 2016. Two new courses for the aspiring plumbers and masons have been added to the four existing courses tailor, house wirer, beautician and rural mechanic. For these new courses and Tailor course, LVT is currently training additional trainers. Vocational courses will be organised in five townships, Mawlamyine, Thaton, Bilin, Thanbyuzayat and Ye townships in Mon State and five townships, Hpa-An, Hlaingbwe, Myawaddy, Thandaunggyi and Kyainseikgyi townships in Kayin States. Locals who live in these area or nearby villages and townships can make an inquiry at the district/township administration offices, nearby CBOs and IOM offices.