The Vocational Skills Development Program (VSDP) is contributing to the improvement of technical and vocational skills development system in Myanmar by increasing access to quality vocational skills training for young women and men. It also engages disadvantaged beneficiaries with better employment through market-oriented vocational training. The overall goal is improved livelihood opportunities for women and men in targeted areas and occupations in Myanmar.
Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) is mainstreaming in VSDP to promote equal participation of women and men from different religions, ethnic groups and other disadvantaged backgrounds. To ensure the women receive equal representation in its training activities,
“Although I had no prior exposure to cooking, the combination of theory and practice really helped me learn and grow through the apprenticeship course. I am happy when I see myself in the cook uniform as it gives me a sense of professionalism.”
"In addition to learning basic tailoring methods, I was also able to learn how to maintain tailoring equipment. I also learned how to start and manage my own business and communicate well with customers. Now I have my own business and income even though I studied only till middle school."
“I did some self-learning through online tutorials but when I actually picked up a pair of scissors, I was lost. I realized that I would not get very far without having practical skills. When I learned about the VSDP from my friends, I was very keen to take the training opportunity and start to develop my career. The selection process was very competitive but luckily, I got in. Now I co-manage a beauty salon with my cousin. To be in my hometown with my family and running my own business truly feels like a blessing.”