5th Steering Committee Meeting and Field Visits of the Skills Development Programme (SDP) Phase 2

Upskilling and Reskilling
13,275 (5945 women) disadvantaged youth, low-skilled workers, trainers, staff and management of schools and companies were trained through the Skills Development Programme (SDP) of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) until December 2023.

The 5th Steering Committee Meeting and field visits of the SDP Phase 2 were conducted on December 12-13, 2023, in Mondulkiri province to gain valuable insights into the programme activity implementation.  During field visits, the project committee members directly engaged with the beneficiaries, especially business owners, to gain a thorough understanding of on-the-ground dynamics and challenges. These meetings also provided an opportunity to review the progress made in Phase 2 and to discuss and offer strategic guidance on the Yearly Plan of Operation (YPO) for 2024.

The meeting was chaired by H.E. Pak Sokhom, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) and Chairman of the Hospitality of Kampuchea (HoKa) Steering Committee, Mr. Christian Disler, Deputy Director of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)and H.E. Dr. Hing Sideth, Royal Government Delegate and Director-General of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) of the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training (MLVT), with a total of 50 representatives including deputy governors of the ten target provinces (Preah Vihear, Stung Treng, Kratie, Mondulkiri, Rattanakiri, Pursat, Battambang, Pailin, Banteay Meanchey, and Oddar Meanchey), the Provincial Departments of Tourism (PDoT), the Technical Training Institutes and the Provincial Vocational Training Centres, and the Private Sector.

"The SDP plays a crucial role in bridging the gap between education and employment, providing opportunities for disadvantaged youth to enhance their skills and contribute meaningfully to the workforce. The efforts made by the SDP are instrumental in shaping a brighter future for Cambodia."
H.E. Pak Sokhom, Secretary of State of the MoT and Chairman of HoKa
"The success of the SDP is a result of strong partnerships and collaboration between the government, private sector, and development partners. We are pleased to witness the programme's positive impact on the lives of thousands of individuals."
Mr. Christian Disler, Deputy Director of SDC
"The SDP is instrumental in bridging the skills gaps and ensuring our workforce is equipped with the necessary competencies. This initiative aligns with our broader vision of advancing technical and vocational education for the benefit of individuals and the nation"
H.E. Dr. Hing Sideth, Royal Government Delegate and Director-General of TVET of the MLVT

The SDP Phase 2 (2020-2024) aims to reach 14,120 beneficiaries. Among them, 12,520 are disadvantaged youth and low-skilled workers, benefiting from a more effective and relevant delivery of TVET. The other 1,600 beneficiaries encompass trainers, employees and managers of the Provincial Training Centres (PTCs), Technical Training Institutes (TTI), the National Employment Agency (NEA), owners and managers from the hospitality and tourism industry. These stakeholders receive capacity building tailored to their specific areas and needs.

A meeting with the Project Steering Committee of SDP is organised two times per year with the purpose of getting an update on the implementation of SDP phase 2, to discuss and provide strategic guidance to the Yearly Plan of Operation (YPO) with the presentations from key stakeholders, SDC, MLVT, MoT, SDP, Swisscontact, NEA, PTC directors, deputy governors and Cambodian Federation of Employers and Business Associations (CAMFEBA).

Initial vocational education and training, Labour market insertion, Sustainable tourism
Skills Development Programme
The overall goal of the Skills Development Programme (SDP) is for disadvantaged young women and men and low-skilled workers in five rural provinces of Cambodia (Preah Vihear, Stung Treng, Kratie, Mondulkiri and Rattanakiri) to gain access to decent employment and increased income.