CAMBODIA

Hospitality Training for At-Risk Youth in Cambodia

By Huong Hoang

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Despite Cambodia’s recent economic progress, many Cambodian youth still remain poverty-stricken and vulnerable to exploitation through sweatshops, bonded labour, or human trafficking. Lacking necessary skills, they often miss out on chances to improve their economic situation. However, as Cambodia’s hospitality industry grows, there is an increasing demand for skilled and certified workers. In Siem Reap Province, the Youth’s Dream Training Programme and the Hospitality Development Programme are noteworthy initiatives aimed at providing vocational training in hospitality to at-risk youth, those from rural areas, or those lacking the educational qualifications often required by other vocational institutions. By equipping participants with valuable skills, these programmes offer pathways to improved income and employment opportunities.

By equipping participants with valuable skills, these programmes offer pathways to improved income and employment opportunities.

In October 2023, the Youth’s Dream Training Programme, formerly known as the Dreams Training Centre as part of Feeding Dreams Cambodia and supported by Child’s Dream since 2018, was successfully integrated into the Youth’s Dream Fulfilment Association. Under the same leadership, the programme continues to deliver a comprehensive curriculum of hospitality training and soft skills education, building upon its past accomplishments, while adapting to meet the evolving needs of Cambodian youth.

We are also pleased to announce a new partnership this year between Child’s Dream and the Spoon Cambodia Organisation through the Hospitality Development Programme. The programme addresses the employment challenges of unskilled youth by offering vocational training, mentoring, and job placement.

By supporting an annual cohort of approximately 110 underprivileged young people through these programmes, we affirm our strategic goal of providing skills training that enhances employability.