YANGON: Young people in Myanmar can soon turn to a new training institute in Yangon to learn skills that will make them more employable.
The Singapore-Myanmar Vocational Training Institute will open its doors in the first quarter of next year.
It is the first time Myanmar has set up such a facility with a foreign nation.
The Singapore-Myanmar Vocational Training Institute will comprise four schools and it will be housed in a building in Yangon.
It will focus on preparing students to work in sectors such as electronics, hospitality and tourism.
The institute’s development comes after Singapore and Myanmar inked an agreement recently.
The joint goal is to boost the employability of young locals through skills training.
Myanmar’s science and technology minister Dr Ko Ko Oo said: “When (the students) pass this training, many industries want to employ them and this is very important for us.
“The development of the industry sector and other sectors is very fast now so we need more and more manpower. Not only the manpower but skilled manpower.”
Students attending classes at the institute will learn practical skills through courses designed by Singapore’s Institute of Technical Education’s Education Services.
Robert Chua, Singapore’s ambassador to Myanmar, named some of the courses: “Facilities management, which will train the students how to service lifts and even air-con systems.
“Tourism management will train the young people how to work in hotels – front (desk), in room servicing and even in the kitchens. I expect in the next two years, several new hotels will open. ”
Hotels built by Singapore companies will be among those opening in 18-24 months.
Mr Chua said: “So I’m sure the jobs will be waiting for them before they graduate and I think this will be relevant skill sets which Singapore can share with Myanmar.”
After three to four months in the institute, trainees will graduate with a certificate. More importantly, they will be armed with marketable skills
Aside from equipping the students with the relevant work skills, the authorities hope that the institute would also help to gradually reduce the 15-per cent unemployment rate among the young people.
In the 1950s, Myanmar’s first polytechnic used to be the pride and joy of the country as it used to be the top vocational institute in Southeast Asia