AEA Cambodia has officially launched in the Initiative for Livelihood Education and Development (iLEAD) in Cambodia! The program launched on September 17th, 2015, the 10-year anniversary of the first iLEAD center in India. The event welcomed trainees, NGO partners, AEA staff and community members and provided an opportunity advocate for the program in the community.
The event began with a brief introduction by the hospitality facilitator, Mr. San Mos. Then Mr. Samphors Vorn, the Country Program Coordinator provided a brief history of Aide et Action, AEA Cambodia and iLEAD. Mr. San then provided the attendees with an overview of the program and the benefits to the trainees. These presentations were followed by a Question and Answer session, a tour of the center and a reception for all attendees to get to know each other.
The first iLEAD Cambodia batch of 11 trainees will learn the skills required to work in food and beverage service including English, Computer skills and soft-skills. The iLEAD business network, a group of business partners has identified these skills as being the most “in-demand” for their industry. This business network has also agreed to support the program by agreeing to come in as guest lecturers and providing meaningful on the job training and employment opportunities to iLEAD graduates.
There was a lot of excitement for the launch of this event and trainees are very interested to learn new skills to find a new or better-paying job. One trainee said, “[I joined iLEAD] because it is a good opportunity for me to learn a new skill. I dropped out of school at grade 11 so I decided [to learn] a skill for my future” (So Dara, age: 24). iLEAD will help this young man to reach his potential and better his livelihood!
September 28, 2015