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Hospitality Training for Disadvantaged Youths

by Cambodian Rural Development Team
Hospitality Training for Disadvantaged Youths
Hospitality Training for Disadvantaged Youths
Hospitality Training for Disadvantaged Youths
Hospitality Training for Disadvantaged Youths
Hospitality Training for Disadvantaged Youths
Hospitality Training for Disadvantaged Youths
Hospitality Training for Disadvantaged Youths
Hospitality Training for Disadvantaged Youths
Hospitality Training for Disadvantaged Youths
Hospitality Training for Disadvantaged Youths
Hospitality Training for Disadvantaged Youths
Hospitality Training for Disadvantaged Youths
Hospitality Training for Disadvantaged Youths
Hospitality Training for Disadvantaged Youths
Hospitality Training for Disadvantaged Youths
Hospitality Training for Disadvantaged Youths
Hospitality Training for Disadvantaged Youths
Hospitality Training for Disadvantaged Youths
Hospitality Training for Disadvantaged Youths
Hospitality Training for Disadvantaged Youths
Practical Assessment
Practical Assessment

Le Tonlé is a vocational training center operated by a local NGO called the Cambodian Rural Development Team. Most of the staff are former Le Tonlé students. The social enterprise consists of the the Training Guesthouse, Restaurant and the Training Center. 

Between January to April 2019, Le Tonlé trained 28 young people from Kratie and Stung Treng Province, of these 13 were women and 15 were young men. The training of Le Tonlé focuses on two main componenets namely Food and Beverage Service and Room service.

The training curriculum is developed on the basis of the Common ASEAN Tourism Curriculum (CATC) in which 7 competencies, including core, generic and functional competencies, are adopted in the four-month training. The training also integrates a one-month traineeship for students to enable them to practice their theoretical knowledge in a real-time setting of hospitality businesses in Kratie town. By the end of the training course, a skill test is conducted to assess students’ capability against the ASEAN Qualification Reference Standard. The skill test allows students to achieve a certificate of competence from the Ministry of Tourism. After completing the training program, the students then go and do an internship for 1 month with a hotel and or restaurant in Kratie Province. Following the successful completion of their internship 25 students were able to find jobs immediately in hospitality industry. 

By supporting us, you are supporting disadvantaged rural youth to obtain a qualified certificate in hospitality. Furthermore, you are giving them a great opportunity to earn a respectable living and to kick-start a promising career. Your contribution will help us in improving the quality of our work to better suit the needs of our trainees and to prepare them for the Cambodian job market of hospitality. 

Theory assessment
Theory assessment

Le Tonlé is a small tourism vocational training center which is operated by a local NGO and staff. Most staff are former Le Tonlé students. They are working in the social enterprise: the Training Guesthouse, Restaurant and the Training Center.


Within the year of 2018, Le Tonlé has trained 63 youth from Kratie and Stung Treng Province, 31 girls and 32 boys. The training of Le Tonlé focuses on two main occupations namely Food and Beverage Service attendant and Room attendant; 35 students and 28 students participated in each batch respectively.

The training curriculum is developed on the basis of the Common ASEAN Tourism Curriculum (CATC) in which 7 competencies, including core, generic and functional competencies, are adopted in the four-month training. The training also integrates a one-month traineeship for students to enable them to practice their theoretical knowledge in a real-time setting of hospitality businesses in Kratie town. By the end of the training course, a skill test is conducted to assess students’ capability against the ASEAN Qualification Reference Standard. The skill test allows students to achieve a certificate of competence from the Ministry of Tourism. After completing the training program, between 85 – 90% of students obtain employment immediately from tourism/hospitality businesses within the region of northeastern Cambodia.

By supporting us, you are supporting disadvantaged rural youth to obtain a qualified certificate in hospitality. Futhermore, you are giving them a great opportunity for respectable work and to kick-start a promising career. Your contribution will help us in improving the quality of our work to better suit the needs of our trainees and to prepare them for the Cambodian job market of hospitality.

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Chitsna as trainee
Chitsna as trainee

Six years ago, Chitsna was a village girl who worked on the river to do fishing along with her family members. Le Tonlé gave her the opportunity to work in hospitality by selecting her as one of our hospitality trainees.

After one year with the training center, Chitna was selected to be a housekeeper/trainer for Le Tonle Training Guesthouse in Stung Treng. After two years working with Le Tonle, Chitsna went to Siem Reap to participate in a one year training programme in cookery with the Ecole d'Hôtellerie et Tourisme Paul Dubrule. She came back to the center after she had successfully completed the course. She has brought new knowledge and skills to the center and now keeps our training programme and social enterprise growing.

Today Chitsna is a Food and Beverage Trainer who is responsible for training 42 young disadvantaged youth this entire year. Chitsna is also a trainer and assessor in the F&B division under the national and ASEAN Qualification Framework. On top of this, she is the acting F&B manager of Le Tonle Training Restaurant.

We are proud seeing our trainees growing and developping while being a leading examples for the new trainees.

 

Chitsna as trainer
Chitsna as trainer

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Chimmor
Chimmor

The story of Chimmor is about the transformation of a former village gang member to a licensed hospitality trainer. He is now a true role model for disadvantaged youth and hospitality professionals to be. Read the full story below to understand how Le Tonlé is helping disadvantaged youth in Cambodia.

Years ago, Chimmor was part of a gang in his village in Stung Treng province. At the time, he was in his final year of high school, he got involved in a group fight and one of his opponents was killed. Chimmor was arrested and jailed for two years for being involved in this crime.

After being released from prison, Chimmor found it hard to reintegrate back to society, especially to continue his study at public school. Therefore, he worked with his relatives as a farmer, a fisherman and a construction worker to earn a living. He did any labour job that would earn him some income.

In 2013, Chimmor applied for the training course with Le Tonlé. However, he was put in the reserve list. He was upset for not being selected. Fortunately, a miracle happened! A candidate quitted the training programme, and this gave the opportunity to Chimmor to start the training.

Chimmor spent 11 months with Le Tonlé to learn skills necessary for employment in the tourism and hospitality sector. With his outstanding performance and attitude, Chimmor was offered a job as a housekeeper by Le Tonlé Training Centre in Kratie in November 2014. In early 2016, Chimmor left Le Tonlé for a short while to help his cousin’s business.

In October 2016, Chimmor came back again to join Le Tonlé training team as a housekeeping trainer. Since then, Chimmor has become a core person in the training programme. He also became one of the national trainers in the housekeeping job division under the ASEAN Qualification Framework, after he completed the training course provided by the Ministry of Tourism.

Currently, he is devoted to teaching the new batch of Le Tonlé students, making sure they will have a bright future ahead of them, just like he has now. On top of his training work, he is an Acting Guesthouse Manager who assists the work of the front office and housekeeping staff to ensure the smooth operation of the training guesthouse.

For improving the training course that Chimmor is giving, the CRDT is now raising funds. The money will be used to improve the amenities, for example a bigger classroom and to provide important learning materials. In addition, the money could enable us to extend the duration of the course, so that the students are even better prepared to enter the job market.

Le Tonle Management Team
Le Tonle Management Team

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Kosal concentrated on his study
Kosal concentrated on his study

Big plans for Le Tonlé students

Meet Sokuen and Kosal, two bright and ambitious students at Le Tonlé training centre. Sokuen and Kosal met at High School in Stung Treng and have known each other for more than three years now. They finished their High School last year in August.

Unfortunately, because of a lack of money, they were not able to continue their education. With only a high school diploma it is hard for the boys to find a well-paying job. While Sokuen worked as a news reporter, Kosal stayed at home and helped his parents on the farm.

However, one day, one teacher who had taught Kosal at primary school informed him about Le Tonlé training centre in Kratie province. For Kosal this meant an opportunity to continue learning, gain experience in hospitality and find a good job. He called his friend, Sokuen, and asked him if he was also interested. He was, and the two of them started their studies at Le Tonlé, in May this year.

So far, they are enjoying their studies, and they are making friends with the other students. When asked, what they like most about the hospitality training, they both immediately answered “English”. Indeed, Kosal’s dream is to have his own school and learn Khmer and English to poor children, “But”, he added, “I think I will first go to Mondolkiri to work in hospitality, to earn some money there, and to send some money to my family”. “I think Mondolkiri is a nice place to work, because there are many guesthouses and tourists there.” “But eventually, I want to learn English to children, especially to those whose parents cannot afford to send them to school”.
The two boys finished their High School, but some classmates only finished up to grade 6 of 7, Kosal said. “So, you know, not all of the students know how to speak English very well”. And of course, if you want to work in tourism, you need to know English, especially if you want to run your own business and cater for foreign visitors. This is Sokoeun’s plan. He wants to start his own hotel/restaurant and wants to share his knowledge and skills to other Khmer people, so they too, can eventually run their own business. “But there is one big challenge”, Sokuen said, “I have to find some money first to start the business.”. “I hope I can build a partnership and get some funds from a donor, like Swisscontact for Le Tonlé.”

The boys have big, noble plans. If they will succeed in fulfilling their dreams is, of course, a matter of speculation, but one thing is for sure, with their bright minds, high motivation, positive outlook on life and their skills gained at Le Tonlé, they should have a bright future ahead of them.

To know more about the Le Tonlé training centre and its students feel free to contact us. And if you want to stay updated about Sokuen’s, Kosal’s and the other student’s progress, subscribe to our newsletter. And of course, your financial support for the training centre is highly appreciated!

Sokuen and Kosal
Sokuen and Kosal

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Cambodian Rural Development Team

Location: Kratie Town, Kratie Province - Cambodia
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Project Leader:
Tola Khoun
Kratie Town, Kratie Province Cambodia
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