In Myanmar, Switzerland provides market-oriented and solid training opportunities especially for young and disadvantaged men and women. As part of the Democracy without Borders initiative, a film from Myanmar on the prospects of young people was shown at the Locarno film festival in August.
Switzerland is working on a variety of projects in Myanmar that will improve the career prospects of young people and underprivileged population groups.
This involvement currently takes the form of a partnership with the Center for Vocational Training (CVT) in Yangon, which offers three-year Swiss-style dual apprenticeships in the following areas:
- hotel and restaurant trade
In another project, Switzerland is helping to expand the provision of training in the hotel industry. Amid growing tourism, demand for employees in this sector is particularly high. Switzerland is working with the Swiss Hotel Management Academy in Lucerne (SHL), which is using its expertise to help develop high-quality vocational education and training.
The project also focuses on supporting underprivileged people such as unemployed youth from suburban and rural areas, as well as women, migrants, internally displaced persons, and refugees. Low-threshold vocational training programmes offer these people the opportunity to learn a trade over a three-month period, enhancing their career prospects and facilitating their entry into the job market in the process.
Furthermore, Switzerland is working with the Myanmar government to deliver policy changes in the vocational training and education sector with regard to the qualification framework, certification mechanisms, and standards.