As a solid proof of its support to Cambodian women and youth, the British Embassy in Phnom Penh launched last week its two new projects – SHE Growth Accelerator and TVET magazine for teens.
SHE Growth Accelerator is a programme that aims to provide scholarships for 20 Cambodian women, who own small businesses, and help formalise their entrepreneurial endeavours. When the businesses are registered, wider and bigger opportunities will open up for these women entrepreneurs.
TVET (technical and vocational education training), meanwhile, is an initiative of stakeholders from public and private sectors to improve collaborations in identifying the workforce needs of the local economy and implement appropriate training programmes for the locals.
British Ambassador to Cambodia Tina Redshaw said during the launching of the two projects that the British government is focusing on upgrading TVET in Cambodia. The British Embassy had been helping developing the STEM system in Cambodia for the last four years, creating the STEM Bus, STEM mobile application, the Little Scientists Magazine and Science Fairs.
“This year, the British Embassy is moving forward to the technical and vocational education training (TVET). We will be supporting many organisations that are also working on TVET,” she said in her opening speech.
The embassy has also formed a TVET Advisory Board to help gather information around TVET and to ensure the support for TVET in Cambodia, Ms Redshaw added. “Today, I am delighted to announce the launching of the two new UK-funded projects, SHE Growth Accelerator and TVET Magazine for Teens.”
TVET concerns education, training, or any learning activity that provides knowledge, skills, and attitude to help people find work. In Cambodia, there is an apparent gap in important labour skills.
“We had great success with our previous project ‘Little Scientists Magazine’ that reached over 30,000 children in Cambodia. This year, we hope that TVET Magazine for Teens will have even greater success and reach more teens across Cambodia in order to spread the message of TVET,” Ms Redshaw said.
The TVET project is not only implemented in Cambodia and developing countries. Even European countries, such as Great Britain, have recently recognised the importance of focusing on technical and vocational trainings to reduce unemployment.