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PHNOM PENH – Fifty-six trainees, of whom 32 are women, have completed training as mentors in the hospitality industry.
The results represent success for the Steering Committee of HoKa, provincial tourism departments and the Skills Development Programme in supporting and reinforcing the capacity of human resources in the tourism sector.
HoKa, or Hospitality Kampuchea, is a training model that responds to the demand of businesses.
The training mainly focuses on providing quality teaching for young people at high risk and employees with low level skills to learn about the field of hospitality.
The 56 were trained in front office, housekeeping, food and beverage services, cooking, barista skills and community tour guide.
Ten provinces were targeted: Kratie, Steung Treng, Preah Vihear, Ratanakiri, Mondulkiri, Battambang, Pursat, Banteay Meanchey, Oddar Meanchey and Pailin.
Choub Rathana, director of the Department of Tourism Development Planning and head of the Secretariat of the Hospitality for Kampuchea (HoKa) Steering Committee, said, “The training of Hoka's mentors is an important step in the implementation of the HoKa’s program.
“We pick mentors from targeted provinces whose jobs are government officials from provincial tourism departments, managers from private businesses or business owners as a way of guaranteeing the sustainability of the training”.
The training includes theory, technical expertise and teaching methods so that the mentors are equipped to conduct further training.
Choub Rathana, director of the Department of Tourism Development Planning and the head of the Secretariat of HoKa Steering Committee. Photo provided
Sro Rithy, a mentor for the national and ASEAN level, said, “The process of choosing the trainees dictates that they must have the experience and that they use it to join technical training in the skill of hospitality.
“They do not have to work inside businesses that are related to this training.”
The training focuses on theoretical aspects and applied practices giving trainees sufficient knowledge to manage classes as well as teaching materials.
The new trainers expressed gratitude to the bodies involved in putting on the course. They said it had been an important contribution in developing human resources in tourism and reinforcing quality in tourism services.
Sro Rithy, a mentor for the national and ASEAN level. Photo providedThe Skills Development Programme (SDP) is a project of the
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The SDP phase 2 (2020 to 2024) is implemented by Swisscontact in a consortium with INBAS and in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training (MoLVT) and the Ministry of Tourism (MoT). The programme works closely with the government at the national and the provincial levels and with partners such as the National Employment Agency, public and non-governmental training providers as well as companies and small enterprises in the hospitality and other sectors.