Labour Minister Ith Samheng yesterday urged young people to take up technical training to address severe shortages in the jobs market.
Mr Samheng was speaking at an event on Koh Pich, set up to help students understand technical skills training.
He said there are 113 institutes for technical skills training nationwide, which could accommodate 50,000 students per year.
However, there is a lack of interest from young people, despite companies having a great need for these skills.
“That is why we need more time for promotion, so students understand about technical skills,” Mr Samheng said.
“Students who study these skills will get a job after leaving school. That’s why we held the fair.”
Sao Sokun Ketsa, who handled marketing for the event, said this was the third fair for technical trainers show their achievements to the next generation.
The aim was to help students understand about technical skills and attract young people to the subjects.
“The fair shows the achievements of some students who have finished technical skills training,” she said.
“The fair showcases some scholarships in technical skills. We hope students will show an interest and develop a love for these skills. Technical jobs are easy to find.”
Sive Mey, 17, a grade 12 student at Toul Prasat Sen Sok high school in Phnom Penh, said she is interested in technical skills after she finishes high school.
“I saw many students learning these technical skills,” she said.
“Previously some women have not been interested in learning vocational skills because they think they are not for women.
“But I see that women can do it,” she said.
Siv Meng, 19, a first-year student at the National Polytechnic Institute of Cambodia, said he loved learning practical skills and hoped he would get a good job.
“I am learning electricity and mechanical skills. Even though the skills are difficult to learn, I will try my best,” he said.