A new beginning for 21-year-old Srey Noch through skills development

Upskilling and Reskilling
Lim Srey Noch comes from a low-income family in the remote village of Sroyorng, Kulen district of Preah Vihear Province in northern Cambodia. Growing up, she faced numerous challenges that seemed hopeless. Still, thanks to determination and opportunities presented to her, she managed to turn the path of her life.

Srey Noch graduated from grade 12 and found it difficult to pursue higher education. Her family, burdened by financial hardship, could not afford to send her to university. With a single sister, she needed to work in the rice fields alongside her parents. The little income is barely sufficient to sustain the family’s basic needs. Srey Noch’s dreams seemed out of reach.

One lucky day, an awareness-raising campaign conducted by the National Polytechnic Institute of Angkor (NPIA) reached her village. Excited by the possibilities, Srey Noch made a life-changing decision. “I was interested in the information shared; I realised that only technical vocational education and training could be the right route to a brighter future. With my family’s encouragement, I enrolled in the administration and front office training course at NPIA in Siem Reap, despite the distance of more than 100 kilometres from my home,” she cited.

At NPIA, she diligently concentrated on intensive four-month training at the institute to sharpen her skills in administrative tasks and front-office operations. Srey Noch acquired not only technical skills but also developed essential soft skills, improved her English proficiency and gained ability in computer literacy. “The comprehensive training programme ensured that I would be skillful at engaging in the job market,” she added.

Upon completing her training, Srey Noch was allowed to apply her newly acquired skills through a three-month internship at the institute’s reception desk. “The practical training allowed me to gain valuable experience, further sharpen my abilities and boost my confidence,” she said.

Her exceptional performance and potential led Srey Noch to a job offer at NPIA.

"I was thrilled to become a contracted staff in the training department of my institute. Looking back, I am grateful for the support of my trainer, the institute, and the Skills Development Programme. Without their help, I would not have been able to fulfil my dream."
Lim Srey Noch, former trainee who become contracted staff at NPIA 

Her decision to embark on a technical vocational education and training journey has transformed her life and the lives of her loved ones. With saving habits, she aspires to continue her studies to a higher level, further enhancing her knowledge and skills. Srey Noch dreams of gaining a better job position that would allow her to contribute even more to her sister’s education, her family, and her community.

Inspired by her remarkable pathway, Srey Noch wants to share a heartfelt message with all disadvantaged youth in similar circumstances. “I have learned that investing in myself and my education was the best decision I could have made, and I am proud of how far I have come,” she insisted. “I would encourage all not to lose hope and accept vocational training as a pathway to success. I believe anyone can transform their lives and overcome poverty with dedication, hard work, and the right opportunities.”

The Skills Development Program is a project of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

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.