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.
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).
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.