The HoKa Skills Day 2023 was an exceptional occasion to celebrate the initiatives and spark achievements of the implementation of the HoKa training programme for low-skilled workers, trainers, assessors, managers, and tourism business owners throughout 10 target provinces nationwide.
The ceremony was presided over by H.E. PAK Sokhom, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Tourism and Chairman of HoKa Steering Committee, H.E. Lao Him, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training, and Mr. Rajiv Pradhan, Country Director of Swisscontact, with the participation of the president of the Tourism Industry Association, and a total of 260 participants including government officials, representatives from the private sector, national and ASEAN trainers and students.
The panel discussions brought together relevant speakers with many years of knowledge and experience in skills development for youth to share their perspectives and gather key inputs to enhance the quality and quantity of tourism professionals. Furthermore, all participants had the opportunity to explore specific topics including (1) tourism qualification and care path development for tourism professionals and low-skilled workers; (2) initiatives for labor resilience post covid-19; and (3) private sector involvement in tourism professionals' career path development.
The event also featured the HoKa skills demonstration by target Provincial Departments of Tourism on bed making, table setup, napkin folding, cocktail, barista, and wine services.
Up to the present time, approximately 3,000 disadvantaged youths and low-skilled workers received training and capacity building throughout the ten target provinces.
The HoKa training programme, supported by the Skills Development Programme, a project of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, offers various skills including Front Office, Housekeeping, Foos and Beverage Services, Cooking, Basic Barista Skills, Cocktail, Community-Based Tourism, and Community-Based Eco-tourism (CBT/CBET) capacity training, and community tour guide. HoKa focuses on quality training delivery to low-skilled workers, training of trainers, training of assessors through professional coaching programmes, Professional Industry Placement (PIP), and HoKa 4.0 based on the endorsed training handouts.