- LuxDev's Regional office
- Vientiane Regional Office
- Education - Vocational Training & Access to Employment
- PIC 3
- 2011 - 2015
- Implementation period
- 19 August 2016 - 31 August 2021
- Total duration
- 60 months
- Total budget
- 15,000,000 EUR
- Contribution breakdown
- Luxembourg Government
The tourism sector in Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) has expanded rapidly, with international arrivals increasing from 14,400 in 1990 (generating revenue of USD 2.25 million) to over 4.6 million in 2015 (with revenue of USD 725.4 million). Direct employment in tourism stands at approximately 130,000 people, with participation in the tourism labour force seen as the main potential to increase poor peoples’ share of tourism-related income. According to research carried out in 2015, there are currently approximately 7,000 job vacancies in the tourism and hospitality sector in Lao PDR. Furthermore, it is estimated that about 10% of the tourism and hospitality labour force has to be replaced annually for a variety of reasons. Accordingly, Luxembourg and Switzerland, together with the Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES) of the Lao PDR, have joined hands for a vocational education and skills development project.
‘Skills for Tourism’ promotes sustainable and inclusive growth of the tourism and hospitality sector in Lao PDR, thereby contributing to poverty reduction. The project is helping to bridge the gap between the large number of job-seekers in Lao PDR, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, and the enormous employment potential of the tourism and hospitality sector. It is expected that graduates of improved and expanded tourism and hospitality vocational education and skills development will find gainful employment or pursue further studies in the tourism and hospitality sector as a result of this initiative. The project builds on previous and ongoing support for vocational education and skills development in Lao PDR from both Luxembourg and Switzerland within the framework of the Lao PDR Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Development Plan 2016-2020 and the Lao PDR Tourism Strategy 2006-2020.
An average of 1,000 beneficiaries per year will be supported to participate in education and training initiatives that equip them with the knowledge, skills and attitude for employment, further studies or promotion in the sector. According to Mr Nouphanh Outsa, Director General-TVET Department, MoES, and Project LAO/029 National Project Director (NPD):
With increasing demands for skilled labour in the tourism and hospitality sector, I am delighted that the ‘Skills for Tourism’ project is supporting the Government of Lao PDR in its efforts to ensure that disadvantaged poor people can gain the skills needed to secure decent employment in the tourism sector.
The five-year project, which began in September 2016, focuses on four key outcomes:
- The quality of technical and vocational education and training and skills development programmes in tourism/hospitality is improved;
- The scale and variety of technical and vocational education and training and skills development programmes in tourism/hospitality is expanded and enhanced;
- People from disadvantaged backgrounds are included in tourism/hospitality technical and vocational education and training and skills development programmes;
- An enabling governance, institutional and regulatory framework for technical and vocational education and training and skills development, particularly in tourism/hospitality, is in place.
It is expected that, by 2021:
- 5,000 people have participated in tourism/hospitality vocational education and skills development programmes supported by 'Skills for Tourism'.
- At least 75% of graduates are gainfully employed or pursuing further studies within three months of completing their training programme.
- At least 80% of those employed will be earning an income at or above the minimum wage.
- At least 65% of employers are satisfied with the knowledge and skills of graduates.
Laos - More skilled workers are ready for hospitality industry in Luang Prabang province
In February 2018, 18 young women completed a three-month Food and Beverage Service training programme at the Satellite Training Centre, part of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College in Luang Prabang. The Centre was engaged by the Skills for Tourism Project (LAO/029), in partnership with the Luang Prabang Provincial Education and Sports Department, to train participants from disadvantaged backgrounds. At the time of graduation, 11 trainees had already landed jobs in the hospitality sector in Luang Prabang, with the remaining trainees expected to secure employment in the coming days.