H.E Daw Naw Pan Thinzar Myo, Kayin Ethnic Affairs Minister of Yangon Region gave the opening remarks at the launching ceremony. The minister highlighted the importance of skill development for the hospitality sector and that this kind of project will help to ensure that the Myanmar hospitality sector is ready to welcome tourists with quality service. Representatives from Myanmar hospitality and tourism related associations, officials from the township administration committees in Yangon, private hospitality training providers in Yangon and hoteliers attended the launching ceremony.
The Hospitality Training (HT Component), one of the VSDP’s component, aims to contribute to improved livelihood opportunities for women and men in targeted areas and occupations in Myanmar. During the first main phase (September 2014 and April 2018), the HT Component has trained over 3,000 women and men from disadvantaged backgrounds and 1,000 hotel line staff for entry level jobs in locally owned hotels in Bagan, Mandalay, Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon. In the second main phase of the program (May 2018- April 2022), the HT Component plans to train 650 hospitality instructors, 5,300 persons from disadvantaged backgrounds and 1,850 hotel line staff in selected hospitality occupations in cooperation with hotels in Bagan, Hpa-An, Mandalay, Mawlamyine, Myeik, Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon. The HT component will continue to directly implement the training, but will also work through locally owned hospitality training providers to work towards sustainability of its activities.
In order to fulfill this objective, the HT Component is committed to ensuring that partner hospitality training providers are supported to manage the implementation of hospitality training, according to the tested approach implemented. The two hospitality training providers MRTI and MHTi have been selected, to begin this process, implementing Program-supported hospitality courses in Yangon in 2018 and 2019. MHTi and MRTI will be implementing hospitality courses in Yangon to train a combined 480 leaners and 192 line staff in three occupations, namely bell service/receptionist, room attendant and waiting staff, in seven week-long training courses starting on 3 September 2018.
The Vocational Skills Development Program (VSDP) is financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). It is implemented in Myanmar by a consortium which is led by Swisscontact (the Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation) and includes the German company INBAS (Institute for Vocational Training, Labour Market and Social Policy).