Skills for Tourism Project awards grants for implementation of Dual Cooperative Training Programmes in Tourism and Hospitality
In November 2020 the Skills for Tourism Project LAO/029 signed three grant agreements with public vocational education institutions (Champasak TVET College, Luang Prabang TVET College and Xiengkhouang IVET School) and 12 enterprise partners for implementation of Dual Cooperative Training (DCT) programmes in tourism and hospitality. The grants total over 1.5 billion LAK and will benefit more than 70 students.
Food Production students putting theory into professional practice.
In August this year, the Skills for Tourism Project and the Vocational Education Financing Facility (VEFF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding, agreeing to work together to both further the development of a sustainable Technical Vocational Educationa and Training (TVET) financing mechanism, and to grant financial support to dual cooperative training (DCT) programmes in tourism and hospitality.
With this goal in mind, the Skills for Tourism Project and VEFF launched an expression of interest for public technical vocational colleges aiming to introduce such a training format for their tourism and hospitality diploma programmes. Champasak TVET College, Luang Prabang TVET College and Xiengkhouang IVET School expressed their interest and consequently received technical support from the Skills for Tourism Project to prepare and submit grant applications.
Building upon the theory training provided by the technical vocational colleges, a key feature of DCT programmes is the close involvement of the private sector, with partner companies providing the technical training in a business environment that helps ensure students secure the latest industry skills and knowledge. As such, each technical vocational college identified and established partnerships with leading local businesses as part of the application process.
“Encouraging and supporting such public-private-partnerships between TVET institutions and the industry is of crucial importance in ensuring that trainees acquire labour market-oriented skills by having to put what they learnt at school into professional practice”, Mr. Nouphan Outsa, Director General of the Technical Vocational Education Department at the Ministry of Education and Sports and National Project Director of the Skills for Tourism Project explained.
The grant amounts cover the additional costs of delivering the three year diploma programmes in a DCT format and include contributions towards the additional management and training costs for the school and private sector companies, health and safety related equipment, as well as stipends and health insurance for the students while they are in the workplace. The trainees have been jointly selected by the technical vocational colleges and their private sector partners.
The three year DCT programmes in Hotel Operations (Champasak and Luang Prabang) and Food Production and Food & Beverage Services (Xiengkhouang) have been rolled out in November 2020 and will be completed by August 2023. The private sectors training partners include Le Bel Air Resort, Maison Souvannaphoum, Pullman and The Grand Hotel in Luang Prabang; Suan Sawan Villa, Sengaloun Hotel, Arawan Riverside Hotel, Champasak Grand Hotel and Pakse Mekong Hotel in Champasak Province, and Nongpanaphong Restaurant and Favanhmai Hotel and Restaurant in Xiengkhouang.
The Skills for Tourism Project is co-financed by the Governments of Lao PDR, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and Switzerland, and implemented by the Ministry of Education and Sports of Lao PDR (MoES) and LuxDev, the Luxembourg Development Cooperation Agency. The Vocational Education Financing Facility (VEFF), is implemented by the Ministry of Education and Sports and co-funded by the German Government through KfW Development Bank.
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