(Approximately 33 million CHF, 16% of overall budget)
- Rural women and men are (self)employed and earn higher incomes due to improved vocational education and life skills.
- Migrant workers are able to claim their rights; their rights are recognized and respected
At the regional level, the ASEAN Economic Com munity will introduce the free cross-border movement of skilled labor in 2015. SDC will enable workers from CLMV countries to find employment in the opening labor markets in the ASEAN region, and contributes to ensuring that migrant workers’ rights are known and respected by governments and employers.
In Lao PDR, SDC will contribute to the development of skills and work opportunities for rural women and men, which allow them to benefit from economic development and have higher incomes. Affirmative action principles will be applied to allow students from ethnic minorities, who are currently excluded from skills development due to lack of schooling, to have access to vocational and life skills training. Given the low level of education, the high illiteracy, and ethnic minorities that do not speak the official national language, non-formal short training will be supported as well as longer-term vocational education (apprenticeships). The program is orient ed to the demand of the economy (labor market and selfemployment) and involves the private sector to ensure relevance and a combination of theory and practical application.
In Cambodia, the employment generated by recent economic growth has been insufficient to catch up with the rising number of youth seeking employment in the country or abroad. People urgently need more vocational education and skills development, if Cambodia is to remain competitive in the context of regional integration and to address the mismatch between market needs and the available skilled labor forces. Lack of protection of labor rights will also be addressed. SDC’s program will focus on skills development for men and women in rural are as, enabling them to benefit from upcoming potential employment opportunities, in particular in the booming tourism sector. At the policy level, SDC will support the RGC in i) implementing action plans for the VET-policy, ensuring the match of the VET-offer with private sector needs and the promotion of basic rights; and ii) in including migrant workers rights in national development strategies.