Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC
The Skills Development Programme (SDP) is a project of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The second phase of SDP from 2020 to 2024 is implemented by Swisscontact and INBAS 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 level and with partners such as the National Employment Agency (NEA) and the Skills Development Fund (SDF), public and non-governmental training providers as well as private companies and small enterprises in the hospitality and other sectors.
SDP is structured into four intervention areas by
Cross-cutting themes such as Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI), Conflict-Sensitive Project Management (CSPM), Environmental Protection, and Good Governance are mainstreamed into all interventions.
INTERVENTION AREA 1: TVET School Development
SDP plays a role as a facilitator to support TVET school development processes by offering technical assistance and (co-) financing of equipment and tools. Continuous policy dialogue with the governing bodies (MoLVT and NEA) is fostered to feed the lessons learned, feedback on challenges, and successes into the national system.
INTERVENTION AREA 2: TVET Innovation Lab
The TVET Innovation Lab offers a platform to analyse the labour market needs and constraints, create innovative solutions to enhance training and employment opportunities for unemployed and underemployed youth, pilot innovations, disseminate learning and institutionalise successful approaches of TVET.
INTERVENTION AREA 3: Training for Disadvantaged Youth
SDP collaborates with public and private training service providers to offer high-quality training and certification to disadvantaged youth to link them to gainful employment. The training and employment process is explained below:
INTERVENTION AREA 4: Hospitality Kampuchea (HoKa)
HoKa is based on a demand-led and industry-based training model. Low-skilled workers of the hospitality sector are eligible to participate in a hands-on training which offers then the theoretical background, practical and professional upskilling opportunities and a nationally recognized certification.
Owners and managers and the supervisory staff of hotels, guesthouses, resorts, restaurants, and cafes in the need of upgrading their in-house training processes provide input to the contents of the f curricula and participate in the upskilling courses offered by SDP. The (modular) courses cover technical skills, training didactics and methodology, and hospitality management.
SDP aims to reach 12,550 beneficiaries throughout phase 2. Out of these 11,640 will be poor and disadvantaged youth and low-skilled workers benefitting from more effective and relevant delivery of TVET and 910 beneficiaries will be trainers, staff, and management of PTCs and other training providers, the National Employment Agency (NEA), and managers, owners, and supervisory staff of hospitality and other businesses. They will benefit from capacity building in their respective areas of work.
The Skills Development Programme (SDP) of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) supported by the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training (MLVT) and Ministry of Tourism (MoT), implemented by Swisscontact and INBAS in Cambodia completed its first phase on the June 30, 2020, after four years of successful implementation.