The National Contractor Competition kicked off yesterday aiming to build the skills of Cambodian construction professionals.
Organised by SCG Cambodia, a subsidiary of the Siam Cement Group, the two-day event is a collaboration with the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training.
The competition is part of SCG’s Contractor Academy Programme.
Forty contractors, selected from among over 200 contractors who took part in the provincial rounds of the competition, are participating in the contest, competing in categories like cement plastering, roofing, and smartboard and smartwood installation.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Lao Him, undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training, said developing technical and vocational education in the country requires the support of the private sector.
“The competition will improve the skills of Cambodian workers and help them achieve international standards” Mr Him said. “The competition is also in line with government’s policy on skill training, job creation, as well as increasing productivity and income.”
Wirot Phanitphotchamarn, SCG general manager for sales and marketing, said the skills learned during the contest will give participants access to new career opportunities and higher incomes.
“Through this programme, SCG wishes to improve the craftsmanship of Cambodian contractors as well as the quality of construction in Cambodia. Homeowners and project developers will have access to services of higher quality, which will improve the quality of life for many Cambodians,” he said.