Sur Sdey comes from a small village of Chet Borey district in Kratie province. She is pursuing her second-year diploma in Building Electrical Wiring at the Kratie Provincial Training Centre (PTC). Being the eldest of three children in the family, she has only reached 12th grade. Sur Sdey needed to help her parents to work at the rice field and plantations to contribute to the household income. But they could barely survive since they relied entirely on subsistence agriculture.
To overcome these livelihood barriers, Sur Sdey realised that only by gaining a qualification could she find a decent job and increased income to support the family in the future.“By that time, the officials from the PTC hosted a promotional and recruitment campaign in my village. I was excited about this worthwhile opportunity. It inspired me,” said Sur Sdey. “Without any hesitation, I decided to enroll for a diploma in Building Electrical Wiring. My whole family had no objections and encouraged me to study harder since the course was free of a charge with reasonable accommodation,” she added.
Sus Sdey never gives up easily even though she is the only woman student in the qualification.
PTC, in collaboration with the Skills Development Programme (SDP), offers additional skills to ensure continuous access to quality training and a better chances at the job market. “Besides technical skills, I have also gained soft skills and entrepreneurial skills. With those, I am confident of finding a high-income job. In the future, I would like to become a manager in a construction company, and on a long-term path, I wish to own an electrical shop at my house with my little saving. I finally found my way and am on the right track,’’ she said.
“I would like to encourage all dropped-out and disadvantaged youth to accept the technical and vocational training opportunity to equip yourselves with appropriate skills. Only better skills could lead to better jobs, family livelihoods, and to a better future,” she concluded.