Signing Ceremony on amendment of the MoU between the Ministry of Tourism and Swisscontact for the Skills Development Programme Phase 2 (2020-2024)

Continuing Vocational Education and Training
18.11.2022
More disadvantaged young men and women and low-skilled workers will have the opportunity to access good quality Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the hospitality sector in the five new target provinces of Pursat, Battambang, Pailin, Banteay Meanchey, and Oddar Meanchey, through the additional funding from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). 

A ceremony for the signing on amendment of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) and Swisscontact for the implementation of the Skills Development Programme (SDP) Phase 2 (2020-2024) and the Hospitality Kampuchea (HoKa) training programme was held on 11 November 2020 at the Ministry of Tourism under the presidency of H.E. Dr. Thong Khon, Minister of Tourism with the presence of Mr. Rajiv Pradhan, Swisscontact’s Country Director.

The MoU amendment for 2021-2024 will contribute to offering high-quality hospitality vocational training to more disadvantaged young men and women and low-skilled workers to gain decent employment and increased income, as well as boosting the tourism sector in the provinces around Tonle Sap Lake. The training programme concentrates on potential skills including front office, housekeeping, food and beverage services, cooking, barista skills, and community tour guide.

"I would like to highly appreciate the SDP programme team, HoKa Steering Committee’s members, and HoKa Secretariat, for being hard-working to reach great outcomes. I would like to recommend that the Department of Tourism of the five new provinces attempt to accomplish your tasks by closely working with HoKa Secretariat and Swisscontact project’s team to successfully implement this tremendous project."
H.E. PAK Sokhom, Secretary of State of Tourism and Chairman of the HoKa Steering Committee

HoKa is an excellent industry-based training model for low-skilled workers and the best need for managers and business owners in the hospitality sector to grow their businesses. Moreover, HoKa contributes to building the capacity of trainers in target Provincial Tourism Departments, enabling them to provide further training to tourism professionals in and around the province.

Since 2020, HoKa has been offered by SDP in the five rural provinces of Cambodia (Preah Vihear, Stung Treng, Kratie, Mondulkiri, and Rattanakiri). In 2022, HoKa was extended  in the five new target provinces of Pursat, Battambang, Pailin, Banteay Meanchey, and Oddar Meanchey, through the additional funding from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). 

 

"This ongoing collaboration will provide an opportunity for the HoKa Steering Committee in collaboration with departments of tourism to train additional 150 trainers and 780 low-skilled workers. We strongly believe that our new trainers within those five provinces will become a pool of resources for the sustainability of tourism and hospitality training around the Great Lak."
Mr. Rajiv Pradhan, Swisscontact’s Country Director

As of the third quarter of 2022, the HoKa Steering Committee, in close collaboration with SDP and Tourism Provincial Department, has trained a total of 1,123 tourism professionals (745 women) in housekeeping, front office, food and beverage services, cooking, and basic barista skills.

 

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.

Cambodia
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.