Chreav Phalla is from Phnong ethnic minority who recently graduate in Information Technology at the Mondulkiri Vocational Training Center. Phalla is currently working at a printing house in Sen Monorom City, Mondulkiri province. Phalla recalled that without SDP, she might’ve had to drop out of school due to her poor family condition and the inability to pay for her studies.
According to Phalla, gaining skills from the vocational training center not only gives her a decent job and increased income but also turns her out to be a role model for her family, because, among all of her siblings, she was the only one who pursue the education to the end.
Like Phalla, Lon Seak Hong is a fresh graduate from a vocational training center in Mondulkiri province. After graduating from High School in 2019, Seak Hong decided to enroll in the in-house wiring course at the center because he could not afford to continue his studies at a private school that was also far from home.
Noting that the center also provides practical training by assigning students for internships, which gives students both theoretical and practical experiences, the 22-year-old said that he enjoys studying electrical skills because after graduating, he has got a lot of work.
Sok Heng is another graduate majoring in in-house wiring at the Mondulkiri Vocational Training Center while she is still in high school. The 18-year-old explained that the reason she learns electrical skills while she is in 11th grade is that she wants to learn more skills and did not want to waste time and it is free too. It has been a year since Sok Heng enrolled at the vocational training center, as this skill only takes two years. Although she has only been studying for a year, she has enough to work because she has been undergoing an internship provided by the school. For Sok Heng, studying electricity not only earns knowledge, skills, and income but also helps the community in which she lives. Nowadays, Sok Heng is like an electrician in the family and the village, because when there is an electrical problem, they always look for Sok Heng for help.
Sok Heng will graduate at the same time as her high school, which will be completed by the end of this year. Sok Heng said that after graduation, she is able to earn money and keep little savings to support her study at university.
Another young man, Kron Phors is also an in-house wiring trainee at a vocational training center in Mondulkiri province. The Punong origin left his higher secondary school in grade 10. At that time, the young man did not know what to do because he did not have any skills. After seeing the announcement of the center, Phors decided to apply for a scholarship in in-house wiring. For the 22-year-old, studying here seems to make him look like a new person, as he had never expected to learn this electrical skill before.
The young Punong will graduate with a two-year electrical education soon since he is halfway now. In addition to gaining knowledge from the school, Phors also obtained work experience through internships abundantly provided by the center. Through the acquisition of skills and previous work experience, Phors is extremely happy to obtain a specific skill that helps him to have a better job in the future.
The Skills Development Programme (SDP) is a project of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The SDP phase 2 (2020 to 2024) is implemented by Swisscontact in a consortium with INBAS and in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training (MoLVT) and the Ministry of Tourism (MoT). The programme works closely with the government at the national and the provincial levels and with partners such as the National Employment Agency, public and non-governmental training providers as well as companies and small enterprises in the hospitality and other sectors. In total, around 12,000 beneficiaries and more than 900 trainers, staff and management of schools and companies mainly from Preah Vihear, Stung Treng, Kratie, Mondulkiri and Rattanakiri will be directly and indirectly reached by SDP skill training interventions in phase 2.