Skills Development Programme Cambodia

Skills Development Programme (SDP) aims to increase the income and employment opportunities for disadvantaged young women and men in three rural provinces of Preah Vihear, Stung Treng and Kratie in Cambodia. To achieve this, the programme provides access to market-relevant skills training in occupational areas where there are job opportunities.

Working at a grass-roots level with provincial governments, training providers, enterprises and disadvantaged young women and men, SDP aims to contribute to the creation of an inclusive, relevant, qualitative and well-coordinated TVET system nationwide.

This is an SDC project implemented by Swisscontact.

The Project

The programme is arranged into three intervention areas. Each IA is designed with a labour-market led approach. The skills training is designed to promote improved access to learners. The training programmes are developed with industries' input and the delivery follows principles of best-practice, that is, learners will learn occupational skills and knowledge, and have opportunity to apply and practice the skills and knowledge in a real workplace environment.

Intervention Area 1: Dual Vocational Training (DVT)

DVT is a combination of training that takes place in a training centre and in an enterprise. The learners have opportunity to learn technical, soft and entrepreneur skills that will qualify them as an entry-level worker in an occupation. This best practice model requires enterprises' involvement where the learners can also learn, practice and apply their occupational skills.

After the training, SDP supports the learners to find gainful employment through a 6-month post training programme.

Intervention Area 2: Hospitality Training

Hospitality training offers a range of training programmes arranged into Delivery Channels (DC). Each DC is designed to best meet the needs of learners and the context.

In-House Training at provincial towns (DC1) and rural areas (DC2): This is a specially designed one-on-one coaching programme to owners and technical skills to a group of low skilled workers within the enterprise. This training offers existing, low skilled workers as well as owners and managers training in hospitality technical skills tailored to business needs of the provincially-based enterprise and rurally-based enterprise.

Full-time Vocational Skills training in Hospitality (DC3): This programme offers specific training in hospitality occupations for unemployed, out-of-school youth. The training provides the learners with skills and knowledge to gain employment into entry level hospitality occupations. Together with the 3-months training programme, learners are placed in traineeships with enterprises to practice and apply their skills.  To support the learners to find gainful employment, the learners also receive up to 6-months post training support.  

Apprenticeships (DC4): This is a labour market led programme where hospitality enterprises offer a structured learning and work programmes for out-of-school and unemployed youth wishing to develop a career in the hospitality sector. Enterprises are supported to ensure the programme enables the apprentice to gain the necessary skills and knowledge that qualify them as entry-level skilled workers.

Intervention Area 3: Supporting Policy and TVET reform

This intervention area focuses on developing a qualified workforce through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). RPL is a systemised assessment process that formally recognises the skills and knowledge that a worker has gained through work or life experiences and aligns these with a nationally recognised qualification level.

Additionally, this intervention area focuses on building capacity of the current TVET system and provides opportunity to build a more sustainable and inclusive TVET system.


SDP has seen over 250 trainees enrolled in Skills Training. The programmer has successfully piloted the Hospitality Coaching Programme with international coaches who brought experience and knowledge from Switzerland to the local coaches. This pilot has resulted in the integration of lessons learned into daily business operations and skills training programme. The first batch of the Full-time Hospitality Vocational Training had a 100% completion rate, and 70% of trainees are currently in gainful employment.

The project goal is to ensure that 70% of the direct primary beneficiaries are engaged in wage or self-employment with decent income.

Project partner


Project countries

  • Cambodia

Project duration

2016 - 2020


  • SDC

Working area


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