HoKa Steering Committee celebrated success in training 4,106 disadvantaged youths and low-skilled workers in the hospitality sector

Upskilling and Reskilling
The Hospitality Kampuchea (HoKa) Steering Committee of the Ministry of Tourism proudly announced the successful training of 4,106 individuals, of whom 2,553 were female, during the Annual Stocktaking event held at the Cambodiana Hotel in Phnom Penh.

The Annual Stocktaking event brought together 100 participants, including leaders from the Ministry of Tourism, representatives from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Skills Development Programme (SDP), tourism training centres, and key actors from the private sector.

The event, presided over by H.E. Sok Soken, Minister of Tourism, marked a significant milestone for the collaborative efforts to upskill and reskill disadvantaged youths and low-skilled workers in the hospitality sector.

H.E. Sok Soken, Minister of Tourism, expressed his sincere appreciation for the commendable efforts and high evaluation of the 2023 outcomes achieved by the HoKa Steering Committee in collaboration with SDP. During the event, the H.E. Minister highlighted the success of the collaborative initiative that provided comprehensive hospitality training to 4,106 disadvantaged youths and low-skilled workers across ten provinces. These provinces included Kratie, Steung Treng, Preah Vihear, Mondolkiri, Ratanakiri, Pursat, Battambang, Pailin, Oddor Meanchey, and Banteay Meanchey.

"Today, we celebrate not only the numbers but the lives transformed through this initiative. The hospitality sector plays a crucial role in our economy, and by investing in the skills and potential of our youths, we are building a stronger and more sustainable future for Cambodia."
H.E. Sok Soken, Minister of Tourism
"The collaboration between the HoKa Steering Committee and SDP exhibits the positive impact that can be achieved through strategic partnerships in skills development. We are proud to be a part of this endeavour and remain committed to supporting life-changing initiatives."
Mr. Christian Disler, Deputy Director of SDC.

The achievement underscores the importance of public-private partnerships in addressing the challenges faced by disadvantaged youths and low-skilled workers, ultimately paving the way for a more inclusive and dynamic hospitality industry in Cambodia. The HoKa Steering Committee's commitment to providing comprehensive hospitality training has not only equipped individuals with valuable skills but has also opened doors to promising career paths, contributing to the nation's economic growth and development.

The Hospitality Kampuchea (HoKa) is an excellent industry-based training model, offering high-quality hospitality vocational training to low-skilled workers. The HoKa training programme is the best option available for managers and business owners in the hospitality sector to grow their businesses. Moreover, HoKa contributes to building the capacities of trainers of Provincial Departments of Tourism, enabling them to provide further training to tourism professionals in and around their province.

HoKa is implemented in ten target provinces under the collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and the Skills Development Programme, 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.