Plan International Cambodia, a humanitarian Non-Government Organisation (NGO), announced the launch of the Skill for Success (S4S) project yesterday, that aims to prepare over 6,000 people, especially young, disadvantaged Cambodians, for work.
The three-year project, funded by German Federation Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Plan International Germany, is a joint collaboration between NGOs Plan International Cambodia, Bandos Komar, Regional Training Centre in Siem Reap and the Provincial Training Centre in Ratanakiri province.
According to Plan International Cambodia, the main objective of the project is to improve the economic empowerment and gender equality of disadvantaged youth in Siem Reap and Ratanakiri province. They claim the continued growth and development of Cambodia is threatened by the country’s emerging skills deficit, even in low to medium skill sectors.
The S4S project aims to strengthen the capacity of the Regional/Provincial Training Centre partners and equip disadvantaged youth, especially young women, with skills in fields of their choice. It will also focus on improving understanding in the importance of skill training and the capacity and willingness of employers to provide youth-friendly and gender-responsive training and work environments.
A total of 6,475 people, over half of whom are female, are expected to benefit from the project, the organisation added. The target groups include young people and their parents, enterprise owners, managers or employers, commune councillors and government officials.
“The project will support vulnerable youth aged 15-24 and equip them with the skills to respond to the demands of the labour markets,” said Yi Kimthan, deputy country director of programmes at Plan International Cambodia.
“Throughout the project, disadvantaged youth, especially young women in Siem Reap and Ratanakiri province, will have an improved access to market-driven and gender-sensitive skills training and employment,” Kimthan added.
Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) has been considered the key to human resource development. Earlier this year, Prime Minister Hun Sen said TVET education and training had played a key role in developing human resource personnel, providing them with expert knowledge, skills and professional ethics.
He announced that 200,000 citizens have had their skills and employability boosted after receiving training through the TVET policy since 2017. He urged the public, especially young people, to engage in vocational training in order to broaden their opportunities, especially regarding employment.