Thursday, March 5, 2009

Cambodia Plans to Provide Professional Training for the Youth

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training plans to provide technical and professional training for the vulnerable youth of Cambodia, as set out in the Fourth Mandate of the Royal Government of Cambodia. This is according to Labor and Vocational Training Minister Vong Sauth.

The Minister said the vocational training courses will contribute to poverty reduction and social development. They will help young jobseekers find appropriate work and provide industrial concerns with a pool of ready trained workers.

“So far, the Cambodian Government has an enviable track record in creating sustainable economic growth and development in the country. The Ministry is also experienced in providing professional training courses and already offers careers advice,” the Minister said during opening remarks delivered to the 3rd Congress on February 24 in Phnom Penh.

The Minister said that to provide training and work for future Cambodian jobseekers, his ministry will be focusing on “the technical aspect of professional training” in order to cater to the needs of the modern job market in Cambodia.

“In promoting development, the ministry’s main challenge is to continue providing professional and technical training for disabled people, women, vulnerable groups and minority people. We will pay particular attention to young people who have abandoned their studies,” he said.

The Minister said his ministry will strengthen good relations with country partners to facilitate overseas training for Cambodian workers. Courses will also touch on labor law implementation, workplace safety, hygiene, labor use, child labor and union activities. The Garment and construction industries are expected to benefit from the introduction of these courses.

He also said that his ministry will set up access to official labor statistics and provide guidance with national standard capacity development. This will help trainers shape their services so that they meet the demands of the labor market and help students who have completed their studies to receive information about job market requirements.

He added that his ministry will cooperate with interested partners to draft an array of Union Laws and establish a Labor Law Court in the near future.

Kan Man, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training, said that to improve working conditions and apply international working standards. The government had adopted eight conventions.

The Secretary of State said that his ministry has also cooperated and worked well with country partners such Malaysia, Korea, Japan and Thailand in order to search for jobs abroad for Cambodian workers.

He said that currently, there are over 150,000 Cambodian workers in Cambodia and 74, 400 people working in Korea, Japan, Malaysia and Thailand. He added that an average of US$15 million was brought to Cambodia, by Cambodians working abroad.

Concerning health and safety, Man said that about 80, 000 Cambodian workers received medical check ups conducted by the ministry every year. He said that from 2004 to 2008, his ministry had conducted a total of 14, 000 factory and workspace inspections across Cambodia. ////



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