Ministry to Survey Gap Between University, Jobs

July 15th, 2013 , The Cambodia Daily

The Ministry of Education is preparing to distribute questionnaires nationwide to assess the gap between the job market and subjects being studied by university students. …

As Cambodia’s economy develops, employers have complained that there are too many graduates in subjects such as management and business, and not enough in areas such as engineering, agriculture and vocational skills such as mechanics. …


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Labour shortage in Cambodia’s garment industry

December 7th, 2012 , The Cambodia Daily

Cambodia’s garment factories face a shortage of workers, because of migration, more job opportunities in different sectors and poor labour conditions, industry experts said.

According to Ken Loo, secretary general of the Garment Manufacturer’s Association in Cambodia, there is a definite shortage of labour in Phnom Penh’s garment factories. …

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Major Gap Emerging Between Labor Market and Job Seekers

December 4th, 2012 , VOA

PHNOM PENH – As more and more Cambodians enter the job market, with a growing population of young people, there still remain plenty of job opportunities with foreign investors at home, according to a new study by the Ministry of Labor. But people either don’t know where to find them, or are training for the wrong thing, experts say.

“A lot of investments, especially from Japan, are coming, so we will need more workers to work for them,” said Pich Sophoan, a secretary of state for the Ministry of Labor. “Investors always tell me that their companies need people to work,” he said at the second annual job fair, held by the National Employment Agency in Phnom Penh recently. “So I don’t agree with people saying that they couldn’t find jobs in Cambodia.” …

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Job fair attracts a big crowd

November 5th, 2012 , The Phnom Penh Post

Officials confirmed there were more than 20,000 participants at the job fair on Saturday organised by the National Employment Agency of the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training, which was held in an effort to educate job seekers about current opportunities.

Sokkhon David, acting director of information collection and advertising at the National Employment Agency, said the job fair attracted more than 20,000 visitors, of which 15,000 were job seekers.

He said this second annual job fair showcased 38 main stakeholders inclulding universities, banks, microfinance institutions, recruitment agencies, companies and factories to display their products and services. …

By Rann Reuy

Jobs crucial to development

October 5th, 2012 , The Phnom Penh Post

Jobs are a cornerstone of development in developing countries, reducing poverty, making cities work and providing youth with alternatives to violence, according to a new World Bank report. …

Jobs are crucial for achieving economic and social development, the World Development Report 2013 said. …

According to the report, Cambodia had an unemployment rate of 1.7 per cent in 2010. The country’s largest formal sector employer is the garment industry.

Yim Serey Vathanak, national project coordinator on trade unions for social justice of ILO on Workers Activities, said Cambodia’s total working population counts about eight million people. …

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Civil engineering students on the rise

October 4th, 2012 , The Phnom Penh Post

Students finishing their secondary education this year are carefully looking at market demand to decide what to study to ensure solid future earnings.

Many educators say the recent growth of the construction sector in Cambodia is encouraging parents and students to enroll at the universities of architecture and civil engineering.  …

Duong Chanthea, the manager of the careers department for students of the National Technical Training Institute, said that the number students enrolling in the architecture and civil construction at the Institute of Technical Training is about 540 this year, an increase of 20 to 30 per cent compared with 2011.  …

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Official Urges Students to Take Technical Studies to Find Work

September 11th, 2012 , The Cambodia Daily

A preference for NGO and government jobs among young Cambodians was contributing to a critical labor shortage in the industrial manufacturing sector, a Labor Ministry official said yesterday.

Speaking to 3,000 prospective university students on Phnom Penh’s Diamond Island, Labor Ministry Secretary of State Pich Sophoan said employers routinely complain of a lack of skilled workers to do mechanical and technical work in factories, crucial to Cambodia’s preparation for Asean’s economic integration in 2015. …

Kim Ley, an independent researcher, said a 2010 survey he conducted for the government found that 42 percent of recent university graduates were unemployed because they wanted to work for international NGOs and the government, but lacked the necessary skills. …

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Youths seek to create jobs

August 31st, 2012 , The Phnom Penh Post

With different talents but similar passions, Small World is a small enterprise that brings talented young Cambodians together to learn, work and network in the new world of business.

Small World is a collaborative workplace created to ensure that young people passionate about business have access to a grateful and productive work environment. It serves as an education, networking and mini-business resource and support centre where young Cambodians can learn and build a network with others by discussing, testing and initiating new business perspectives.

Small World was created by four students, who met when they worked for the same organisation, and they started talking of beginning a business together.

Their mission is to build a platform for other young Cambodians to test, refine and launch their business ideas and improve them in order to ensure their futures. …

Sam believes he and his colleagues, who have been struggling to create jobs for young Cambodian, will improve Cambodia. He’s also not sure that Cambodia’s youths are ready for the ASEAN Economic community in 2015, given their need for jobs not competition. …

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Workforce Must Improve to Compete in Asean Bloc

August 23rd, 2012 , The Cambodia Daily

Cambodia’s workforce must quickly improve its skills base if it is to compete with other countries in the region when the Asean bloc becomes a single market in 2015, officials said yesterday at a seminar held in Phnom Penh.

When the Asean Economic Community goes ahead in less than three years, barriers on the movement of people, capital and goods are supposed to be lifted.

But with Cambodia’s workforce still unskilled, experts say Cambodians in the job market could lose out to better-trained workers from other countries in Asean. Cambodia is crying out for more people trained in vocations such as engineering and mechanics. …

By the year 2015, Cambodia also aims to eliminate all tariffs on goods entering and leaving the country . Economists say that entering into a free market could place a lot of pressure on Cambodia’s exports, which currently lack diversity.

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Opportunities, challenges for ASEAN

August 23rd, 2012 , The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia will face both challenges and opportunities when the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) combines its 10 countries into a single market for economic development, a move intended for 2015, officials said during a round-table discussion yesterday.

Sok Siphanna, an adviser to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, said at the discussion organised by the Club of Cambodian Journalists that the ASEAN Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) will include the free flow of skilled workers in certain areas, including engineering, architecture, medicine and accounting. …

In these sectors, even skilled employees with institutional recognition and years of experience within Cambodia will need to fulfill MRA assessments when they want to work in other ASEAN countries, Siphanna said. …

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