SDP Partners with Cambodia-Japan Friendship Technical Education Center

Swisscontact through Skills Development Programme (SDP) signed a Contract of Collaboration with Cambodia-Japan Friendship Technical Education Center (CJFTEC) on July 16 to agree on the provision of technical and vocational training for full-time class in food and beverage services for young people from rural provinces.

The collaboration agrees on conducting a 12-month training program, including a four-month full-time training at the center, a two-month traineeship at hotel/restaurants, and a six-month post-training support. Through its good collaboration with private sector, CJFTEC will place the trainees with its hotels and restaurant partners so they can get good real-life experience and an employment opportunity after the completion of the training program.

During the contract signing event, Mr. Ngo Sométhea, CJFTEC Director, said that the collaboration will contribute to the center’s mission in orientating, strengthening and providing technical education to students and adult to have at least one specific market-demanded skill and a decent job

 “I hope this cooperation will be able to help Cambodian people in the target of Swisscontact to acquire specific skills and support the family's life at the end of the course,” said Sométhea.

Partnerships have been one of SPD’s key strengths to promote the access of skills development training opportunities for young men and women in rural provinces of Cambodia. The SDP has partnered with ten training providers such as Kratie, Stung Treng, and Preah Vihear Provincial Training Centres, Women Development Centres, Le Tonlé Hospitality Training Center, Regional Polytechnic Institute of Techo Sen Siem Reap, National Polytechnic Institute of Angkor, and Cambodia-Japan Friendship Technical Education Center.

As of July 2019, more than 600 people (64% female) have been trained under the Skills Development Programme (SDP) in the tourism and hospitality-related occupations. About 28% of them are owners/managers of restaurants and hotels who will use the skills they gained from the trainings to coach their employees.

“Self-confidence through knowledge and skills are the foundation to take life in your own hands. Through the training of the Cambodia-Japan Friendship Technical Education Center for hospitality education, our young woman and men will be guided into the representatives of the Kingdom of Wonder. They can increase their livelihood and become a guarantor for Cambodia's growth,” said Christian Volker Ide, the SDP Team Leader.

Capacity building for hospitality and tourism workers is crucial for Cambodia to ensure the quality of hospitality service excellence and to sustainably attract more tourists to the country. In 2016, the sector generated 3.5Bn U.S. dollar, an equivalent to 13% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The effort will also contribute to the Royal Government of Cambodia’s vision to attract 7 million international tourists, create 1 million direct jobs, and generate 5Bn U.S. dollar by 2020.

The Skills Development Programme (SDP) is mandated by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). Swisscontact implements the first phase of SDP (2016 to 2020) in a consortium with INBAS. The programme aims to increase income and employment opportunities for young women and men in three rural provinces of Cambodia: Preah Vihear, Stung Treng and Kratie.

It also contributes to the creation of an inclusive, relevant and well-coordinated national TVET system. To accomplish this, the SDP implements activities in three Intervention Areas: Dual Vocational Training, Hospitality Training as well as National Policy and TVET Reform. SDP is committed to Gender Equality and Social Inclusion as a transversal theme in all Intervention Areas.