TRAINING JOB SKILLS FOR SERVICE SECTOR (TJSSS)
The Real Situation
In Cambodia, where the vast majority of the population works in the informal sector, getting a steady job that pays a regular salary is no easy feat. More than 80% of workers are in vulnerable employment, according to an ILO-backed 2010 report by the Cambodian National Institute of Statistics. Other rural Cambodian youths can only find jobs in sectors such as:
The OHF Training Job Skills for the Service Sector (TJSSS) programme equips youths and young school leavers with the necessary skills to get a white collar job with a stable income.
The programme offers a FREE 3-months or 7-months residential training inclusive of accommodation and meals. Through this programme, students are equipped with skills such as – the English language, computer knowledge, life skills and business skills.
How Do We Do It?
The TJSSS programme is taught in our very own facility called the Hope Training Centre, a Livelihood & Training Centre in Prey Veng, Cambodia. It facility provides the full spectrum to run the TJSSS programme. Students are given free accommodation, food and classes in proper classrooms equipped with computers and other necessary equipment for conducive learning.
Hope Training Centre Compound
Students having meals together
We teach a variety of software that helps the students enhance their productivity in their future employment. Through TJSSS, students develop abilities to video edit and design brochures. Students were taught how to use advanced Excel functions to efficiently manage inventory and extract management information.
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.
A student in computer class
A student learning how to type
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. The primary aim is for them to be able to read and write basic English after the course.
A student reading aloud in class
Students learning how to write in English
TJSSS teaches students the right attitude 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!
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.
Food and beverage lessons
Soap making lessons
Computer coding lessons
BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR VILLAGE YOUTHS
Many youths are enthusiastic about a positive future for themselves. However, their outlook becomes dimmed when they realise that they lack opportunities and access to resources while living in poverty, in their villages.
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TJSSS Alumni Success Stories
Piseth wanted to further his studies, but unfortunately his parents, who were both farmers, had no money to support him through University. He was feeling hopeless about his future … until he heard about the TJSSS programme from his Village Chief.
Seng Heab grew up in a really poor family and life was a struggle everyday. With sheer determination, Seng Heab tried her best to stay in school, but life constantly threw her hard curve balls … that is until she made the decision to seize the opportunity and enroll in the TJSSS programme.
Bun Song was trying to run a photography and printing business, but the lack of exposure and skill-set did not help his fledgling business … until he found out about the TJSSS programme and immediately enrolled. He is now a proud owner of a successful business which he has since expanded to more outlets and is doing extremely well!
Seak Leng never had the opportunity to learn how to use a computer nor to speak and write English before … until he heard about the TJSSS programme run by Operation Hope Foundation from Singapore and immediately enrolled. After he graduated, he made full use of his proficient skills in English to ventured to Siem Reap, Cambodia and found a job as a guide cum interpreter at a shooting range for tourists.
Hope Training Centre compound
Hope Training Centre student’s dormitory
Hope Training Centre dining area
Hope Training Centre classrooms
Hope Training Centre volunteer dormitories
Hope Training Centre entrance
Students in a F&B class
Students in a computer class
Students learning basic Khmer typing during a computer lesson
Students listening attentively in a English class
Students in coding class
Students in soap making class
Students playing soccer
Students playing soccer
Students playing games together
Students reading books in the library