The Labour Ministry and Swisscontact yesterday signed an MoU to provide skills training in three provinces.
The MoU solidified cooperation under the Skills Development Programme, a project mandated by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and implemented by Swisscontact.
Pich Sophoan, a ministry secretary of state, said yesterday that the project will focus on the provinces of Kratie, Stung Treng and Preah Vihear.
Mr Sophoan said that the programme will provide local residents with the skills and training necessary to obtain a job or run a business.
He noted that the skills include the repair and refurbishment of small electronics and motorcycles, operating electrical machineries, make up and sewing clothes, all of which are skills required to work at factories in industrial centres around the country.
“The project was designed to increase the skills of Cambodian people so that they are able to work and earn a decent income,” Mr Sophoan said. “In turn, the skills will bring higher living standards and align with the human development policy of the government.”
He added that the Labour Ministry is also aiming to expand the programme beyond the three provinces.
“We want more training for people in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, which are Cambodia’s major economic and tourist centres in the future,” Mr Sophoan said.
SDP team leader Michael Mecthold-Jin said yesterday that the project was first implemented in 2016 and will continue until 2020. He said that the goal is to train 5,400 people by the end of 2018.
Mr Mecthold-Jin said that the project will continue to provide training and that Swisscontact will support trainees to set up their own businesses.
“The project was intended to contribute to the government by providing skills to vulnerable youths in the three provinces,” Mr Mecthold-Jin said. “Training will enable them to gain employment and increase their income. It will also contribute to the Cambodian human development policy.”
Last week, the Labour Ministry encouraged students who failed the national exam to apply for scholarships in order to take part in vocational training for their future