The Skills Development Programme (SDP) aims to increase the income and employment opportunities for disadvantaged young women and men in three rural provinces of Cambodia: Preah Vihear, Stung Treng and Kratie. 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-mandated project, implemented by Swisscontact in a consortium with INBAS.
The project is arranged into three intervention areas. Each Intervention Area is designed with a labour-market led approach. The training is set up to promote improved access to relevant skills for 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 the opportunity to apply and refine these skills and knowledge in a real workplace environment.
Dual Vocational Training combines training in a training centre with learning in an enterprise. The learners gain technical competencies and soft skills that qualify them as an entry-level worker in an occupation. This model requires enterprises' involvement where the learners can learn, practise and apply their occupational skills. Graduates receive a nationally recognised certificate. After the training, SDP supports the learners to find gainful employment through a 6-month post-training support programme.
Hospitality training offers a range of training programmes designed to meet the needs of learners and the context:
This intervention area focuses on support to the TVET system in Cambodia. One of the main activities is the establishment of a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) mechanism. RPL is a competency assessment process that makes it possible that the skills that a worker has gained through work or life experience are formally recognised and aligned with a nationally recognised qualification level.
Additionally, this intervention area focuses on building capacity of the current TVET actors and provides opportunities to build a more sustainable and inclusive TVET system.
Disadvantaged young people are the Programme core target group and
SDP it is following the Swisscontact’s Inclusive Systems Development
approach. SDP facilitates steering, cooperation, and dialogue processes
for TVET actors at all levels. Linkages between Provincial Training
Centres/ PTCs and competence centres created to embed PTC activities
into TVET clusters, larger companies, and the associations’ landscape.
SDPs work-based learning approach leads to an improvement in the quality
of training and with the now completed Competency Based Assessment and
Certification System (CBACS) one PTC has become a certified assessment
As a result of this, unskilled workers and students of SDP
interventions can be certified and integrated into the formal education
system and have better chances on the labor market. Furthermore, SDP
has integrated the “World of Work” into school quality management
processes through, e.g., the “5S Lean” quality management tool, to
support safety, maintenance, and workshop-management measures. Finally,
the HoKa training model is now established, running and is highly
The project goal is to ensure that 70% of the training graduates are engaged in wage or self-employment with decent income.
2016 - 2020
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