On 6 December, a certificate ceremony was held for the 38 trainees who successfully graduated from the “Job Bridge” Programme.
“Job Bridge” is a 10-week English language and Job Skills training programme designed to equip trainees with the right skillset to secure their first job in the tourism and hospitality sector. An initiative of the Skills for Tourism Project (LAO/029), the training programme was designed and delivered by Vientiane College with the support of a number of hospitality businesses across Vientiane Capital.
The programme combines a variety of components, including English language training, employability skills, work-place exposure and CV and interview preparation. It is designed specifically for people from disadvantaged backgrounds to gain the requisite skills in order to secure gainful employment within the tourism and hospitality sector.
At the graduation ceremony, Daleen Douangsivanh, Coordinator of the Job Bridge Training Programme at Vientiane College, emphasised the importance of the programme and stated that “the programme offered the possibility to work in cooperation with the Tourism and Hospitality community and to receive support from a wide-range of partners which made a significant impact on the success of the training. The trainees have shown incredible development and the aims of the programme have hit their target.”
Phithuck Chanthavong (Thuck), one of the trainees commented that: “This programme gave me and everyone else on the course the chance for new experiences we never could have before. I want to continue learning and studying English to work in hospitality, and I hope to get a job working as a receptionist.”
Prior to graduation, a job fair was held with leading tourism and hospitality businesses including the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Inthira Group, Naked Espresso, O’Gradys Irish Pub and Restaurant, Common Grounds Cafe, Lao Orchid Hotel, Le Thatluang D’oR Hotel, Joma Bakery Cafe, Doi Ka Noi Restaurant, Tyson’s Kitchen and 108 Jobs. The trainees benefited from communicating directly with employers, undertook interviews at the fair and are hopeful of securing employment in the near future.
The Job Bridge curriculum is currently under consideration for accreditation by the Ministry of Education and Sports and is expected to be replicated in Vientiane Capital and expanded to other locations between 2019 and 2021 with the goal of training 750 people from disadvantaged backgrounds and supporting their transition into employment in tourism and hospitality.
The Skills for Tourism Project (LAO/029) 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 and the Luxembourg Development Cooperation Agency (LuxDev).
Skills for Tourism supports improvements in tourism and hospitality technical and vocational education and training and skills development in Lao PDR. A particular emphasis of the project is to support people from disadvantaged backgrounds to acquire the skills needed to work in hotels, restaurants and the greater tourism economy.
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