A brave young woman has found a way to break the barrier of her livelihood

Upskilling and Reskilling
“With technical skills, soft skills, and entrepreneurial skills, I am confident of finding a high-income job,” stressed Mong Sur Sdey.

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. 

Decisions that change her destiny

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.  

The only girl in the class

Sus Sdey never gives up easily even though she is the only woman student in the qualification. 

"Electrical wiring is my favourite skill and I believe I can acquire a better livelihood with it. The first I felt a bit lonely and scared because there were only men students around me. After a while, it became normal for me as I have been greatly encouraged by my classmates and trainer. On the technical side, the skills were complicated. However, I can still strive to continue until the second year. Thanks to my trainer and classmates, who are always behind me."
Mong Sur Sdey, second-year diploma in Building Electrical Wiring in Kratie province.  

Shaping a better future

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.

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.