Skills Lead to Opportunities
Jobs not only provide money to buy food, clothing and other necessities of life, but also dignity and joy. To the unemployed or those who have not been able to work on a daily basis, the ability to work every day is a joyful experience.
The OHF Skills programme equips young school leavers with the needed skills to get a white collar job via our TJSSS course. TJSSS teaches the English language, computer and business skills.
TJSSS Programme Cambodia
Hope Training Centre is a Livelihood & Training Centre in Prey Veng, Cambodia. It runs the Training Job Skills for the Service Sector (TJSSS) programme which provides a 3-months and a 7-months residential training inclusive of accommodation and meals.
In a country where the vast majority of the population work in the informal sector, getting a steady job that pays a regular salary is no easy feat. More than 80 per cent of workers are in vulnerable employment, such as unpaid family work and own-account work, according to an ILO-backed 2010 report by the Cambodian National Institute of Statistics.
We teach not only Microsoft Office but a variety of other softwares that which help them to enhance their productivity in their future companies that they will work in. They also learn how to communicate and plan effectively using Mind Maps.
Using a graphics software, the students learn video editing and develop the ability to create brochures. Practical lessons like how to set up network storage and printers, backups of key folders and simple hardware repairs are also included in their syllabus.
They also learn how to use simple tools like ‘ping’ to troubleshoot networks. Students are taught to use Excel functions like pivot and lookup tables to efficiently manage inventory and extract management information. Free software such as ‘WeTransfer’ (to send large files over the internet) are also introduced to them.
Students are given mp3 players with podcasts in English to listen to. They learn English using software and are given many hours of video lessons as well. The primary aim is for them to be able to read and write basic English after the course.
When we have overseas volunteers, these volunteers will interact with the students giving them the exposure much needed to communicate with foreigners. The ability to speak English well is key to getting a good job!
TJSSS teaches decision making and problem solving skills. Other skills are planning (flow charts, Gantt charts), creativity and thinking. Life skills like saving money, planning for the future and understanding the need to keep on learning are taught through success stories.
TJSSS teaches students the right attitudes to work in a company. For example, to ask if they are not sure, to be disciplined, punctual and honest. They are told the importance of doing one’s work well without needing supervision. Having the right attitude is what many employers like to see in their staff!
Brighter Future For Village Youth
Many youth are enthusiastic about a positive future for themselves. However, their outlook becomes dimmed as they realised that they lacked opportunities and access to resources while living in poverty, in their villages.
You can change this by sponsoring a student on a 3-months course at $600, or 7-months course at $1,200.
You can help to shape a life.