At our centres in Yangon and Inle Lake, PfC provides basic training in English, IT and business studies in order to improve the participants’ chances of getting a job. Among other things, we have developed dedicated programmes to help participants qualify for employment in the service and tourism sector.
PfC’s activities in training and skill development are based at our facilities at the Inle Speaks Centre in Nyaung Shwe at Inle Lake, and at the PfC Knowledge Sharing Centre in central Yangon. Both places offer basic vocational training throughout the year, each with a different emphasis.
Relevant skills for employment
At Inle Lake the tourist industry is undergoing rapid growth, providing many job opportunities. These jobs are sought after – both because they are a chance to earn a good income and because they are international. Traditionally the population in the area has subsisted on agriculture and the level of education is very low. This makes recruiting staff to the growing tourist industry difficult.
In order to qualify local women and youth for the new opportunities in the job market, we provide a programme through the Inle Speaks Centre which gives participants relevant skills for employment or for starting their own business. We provide programmes in, among other things, English, tourism, hotel management and environmental topics.
Vocational training and business skills
The PfC Knowledge Sharing Centre in Yangon also offers women and youth vocational training in English, IT and basic business skills. The centre was originally founded to provide former political prisoners with basic English and IT skills, and the centre continues to provide services to this group. The centre focuses on issues that are relevant to society at large. A pioneering, new series of programmes has been launched to support both grassroots activists, newly elected members of parliament and new political leaders.