Cambodia offers free vocational training for 67,000 people
Torn Vibol | The Khmer Times
CAMBODIA. The Khmer Times (08 December 2023) - The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training announced free vocational training for 67,000 people from across the country in keeping with the demands of the labour market.
Ministry spokesperson Katta Orn told Khmer Times yesterday that the vocational training will be offered in sectors like construction, electricity and power, electronics, air conditioning and heating, manufacturing, mechanics, automobiles, tourism, agriculture, agro-industry, and business and information technology.
Orn said, “Last year about 60,000 benefitted from a similar training programme. Of them, more than 80% are employed.”
The seventh legislature aims to provide vocational training to 1.5 million young people from poor families in order to provide them with skills that ensure a job.
Minister of Labour and Vocational Training Heng Sour said that short-term vocational training and technical education help the youth, especially those from poor backgrounds, to find a job quickly and support their family.
To those learning vocational skills, the minister said, “You are the heroes for your families by making them proud you can get vocational training and find decent work.”
The Ministry announced on social media that there are 38,569 job vacancies in three major sectors – industry, services and agriculture.
Ky Sereyvath, an economist at the Royal Academy of Cambodia, said that the new government strategy for skills development will transform the country’s labour force.
He said the government is providing free vocational training to poor youth and even providing them with financial support during their studies.
“Apart from focusing on vocational training, more soft skills should be promoted so that they can acquire skills faster and work more effectively,” he added.
According to Sereyvath the skills that are in great demand in the labour market now are electronics and mechanics because Cambodia has factories for assembling automobiles, bicycles and electrical products.
Another key area is the tourism sector, he said.
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