Young learners to receive career counseling from BEEP facilitators
Sen David | Khmer Times
Young learners, or “out-of-school youth”, are defined as those who have dropped out of school or have had limited access to formal education without any career counseling regarding their professional interests, strengths and opportunities available.
The virtual Training of Trainers (ToT) on Tuesday had 77 participants who learned about Career Counseling and Guidance so they are now capable of supporting the development of career pathways, skills training and job placement when young learners complete the programme.
Hay Hunleng, director general of the National Employment Agency (NEA), said that this ToT will prepare BEEP facilitators as career counsellors who will provide all employment-related advice and information needed for young learners.
Facilitators will factor in the location of BEEP target provinces and the specific Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) opportunities available there, as well as the emerging economic realities of Cambodia post-Covid-19.
One of the BEEP facilitators, Vit Tevak Vichny said she was excited to receive this capacity training. She added that most of the BEEP learners need career counselling services while they are taking the BEEP course.
Danilo Padilla, chief of education unit of the UNESCO Phnom Penh Office, said: “Even though the alternative and flexible learning modality through BEEP is benefiting our learners, they face enormous challenges when making decisions about the selection of skills or future career paths.
He said learners working in factories may lack confidence in themselves since most of them have dropped out of school for a long time.
Through counselling services, young learners will increase their awareness of the wide variety of skills training options and professions available to them to find the right employment, Padilla said.
The training was organised by the Ministries of Education and Labour, UNESCO and the NEA.
BEEP is supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and contributions from UNESCO, MoEYS, MLVT and Smart Axiata.
BEEP is entering its expansion phase under United for Decent Employment for Youth in Cambodia (DEY Phase-II), which will fund the establishment of at least 35 BEEP learning centres across 15 provinces in Cambodia by 2023.
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