Phnom Penh, Cambodia - After 5 years of instilling hundreds of Cambodian youths with essential skills, Youth Leadership & Livelihood Development celebrated its closing ceremony today presided over by H.E. Secretary of State of Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training.
Through the funding of Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) from Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, World Vision started “Youth Leadership & Livelihood Development” programme in 2014. In cooperation with the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training, local authorities and 33 private sectors, the programme was implemented across 3 economical provinces and city namely Takeo, Kampong Chnang and Phnom Penh to support hundreds of vulnerable youths, who dropped out of school, by equipping them with technical, vocational and soft skills needed to get into the Cambodia workforce market and to establish businesses on their own.
“Youth Leadership & Livelihood Development highlighted a strong collaboration among the Royal Government of Cambodia, NGOs and private companies working toward a common goal – to contribute to the reduction of the national poverty rate in line with the government’s strategies in promoting quality of life for Cambodian citizens through the development of workforce market and opportunity,” remarked Vireak Leng, World Vision’s Operation Director.
In a 2017 Report from the United Nation, Cambodia, in comparison to all Asian Countries, has the youngest population with 52.2% of which are under 25, while 33% are between 15 to 30. Therefore, young people are the key to accelerate the development of the national economy and to attract more foreign investors.
“With many crucial skills equipped, now I can help support my family and break out of the poverty cycle,” Ratha Ung, Construction Manager.
Youth Leadership & Livelihood Development programme has opened windows of career opportunities for 800 young people (232 females) – 80% of which are employed by private sectors and can earn an average income between $2,040 to $3,600 annually, while some venture into their own business journey and make the year round profits between $2,400 to $5,400.
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