Le Tonlé Tourism Training Center Welcomes the New Batch of Trainees

With funding support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Le Tonlé started in February to train 18 new students for the school year of 2016-2017.

Le Tonlé, currently a social enterprise run by the CRDT, was founded 2007 as a project of Tourism for Help Switzerland (TfH), and began operations in Stung Treng province, fully supported by provincial authorities. The center moved to Kratie where the tourism business opportunities is better and it allows the center to enhance its business function. Since then, the CRDT has run the center, with the support of the Fédération Genevoise de Coopération (FGC) based in Switzerland and supervised by TfH.

Since 2007, Le Tonlé has trained 121 students, 60 men and 61 women, 95% of whom have gone on to find stable employment in guesthouses and restaurants around Cambodia’s northeast—in the provinces of Stung Treng, Rattanakiri, and Kratie.

In January, we started to recruit new trainees. Through flyers, radio commercials and the network of our partner organization CRDT, we announced the opportunity for young Cambodians to be trained in hospitality for one year. By the end of January, we had 26 applicants. After completing a writing test, oral interviews and home visits, we are happy to announce we have selected 18 students from Kratie and Stung Treng provinces.

This year’s hospitality training program of Le Tonlé is part of Skills Development Programme (SDP) of SDC that will begin implementation in late 2016. Thus, the training program is upgraded by including the curriculum of the Inception Phase of SDP as an initial three months of hospitality training at Le Tonlé. This plan will both train inhabitants of the region to a high level in international hospitality and, by providing them with a diverse array of hospitality experiences, encourage them to be creative in promoting what the northeast of Cambodia has to offer.

We welcome all the trainees to Le Tonlé Tourism Training Center and wish them good luck in their traineeship!

By Mr. Pha Pech
Head Trainer, Le Tonlé

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