The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) through Swisscontact Cambodia will conduct training courses in tourism skills for youths, students and employees in the tourism and reception sectors.
The courses will take place in five northeastern provinces at a projected cost of more than $9 million.
The Ministry of Tourism and Swisscontact Cambodia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Wednesday to provide technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in five target provinces – Kratie, Stung Treng, Ratanakkiri, Mondulkiri and Preah Vihear.
TVET falls under the second phase (2020-2024) of the SDC’s Skills Development Programme (SDP), said the ministry.
Wednesday’s signing ceremony was presided over by Minister Thong Khon and SDC deputy director of Cooperation Nadia Ottiger.
“As the hospitality industry in Cambodia continues to expand, the supply of experienced and skilful staff is inadequate to meet the growing demand.
“SDP successfully introduced an in-house training model called “Hospitality Kampuchea” in phase 1. It is currently the only hospitality training programme that is aligned with the Cambodian Qualification framework,” said an SDC press release.
Ministry of Tourism secretary of state Pak Sokhom said the second phase was initiated with a human resource development plan and the courses are meant to be springboards to careers as participants learn vocational and life skills.
Apart from students and employees in the tourism sector, the project is aimed at strengthening the skills of ministry staffers at the national and sub-national levels.
“The second phase focuses on developing skills, boosting job opportunities, and strengthening entrepreneurship through technical practises that were taught during training,” Sokhom said.
Around 12,000 disadvantaged women and men, low-skilled workers and more than 900 trainers, staff and managers will benefit from the SDP, the press release said.
It is estimated that 1,740 low-skilled workers will also benefit from the training programme and 170 hospitality business owners/managers, provincial tourism trainers, and industry trainers will be included in the capacity building activities.
The ministry has worked with SDC in Kratie, Stung Treng and Preah Vihear provinces to train 160 people in reception and tourism skills.
The ministry also trained 389 employees working in the tourism sector, 480 tourism community members, and 91 trainers.