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Insights is a freshly produced series of pamphlets which describes the approach and experience of implementing the Vocational Skills Development Program (VSDP) in Myanmar. The purpose is to share with others who may be interested in the theory and practice of vocational skills development within the local context in Myanmar. The VSDP has started the series with Insights for Local Vocational Training (LVT). It briefly illustrates the main elements of the course development and delivery and summarises the experiences of how this has worked out in practice. LVT Insights 01 gives you a glance of what you can expect from the series.

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Why Local Vocational Training?
f o r L o c a l V o c a t i o n a l T r a i n i n g
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Insights 01
Why Local Vocational Training?
The Vocational Skills Development Program (VSDP) is an SDC
Project implemented by Swisscontact.
First edition, September 2020
LVT Insights
This series describes the approach and experience
of implementing Local Vocational Training in
Myanmar under the VSDP.

Myanmar is undertaking a transition
Emergence into a more open and competitive world
Income and employment give people
Work opportunities reduce
Training and work opportunities mitigate
Mon, Kayin, Tanintharyi and Southern Shan

 Geography, climate, and poor 
infrastructure can isolate rural
communities, further reducing
access to income opportunities.
 Families and youth displaced by 
armed struggle and expanding dry
 NSA areas may often lack income 
opportunities for youth and have
reduced access to education and
 Of the total of nearly 6,000 
trained graduates, over 10% are
internal migrants.
 Few points of entry into income 
earning for large numbers of
youth because of lack of jobs,
mismatch in skills, and low
 Large numbers of youth with 
limited education, few employment
skills, and few opportunities.
 Potential for social disruption as a 
Recent and on-going conflict
and areas under non-state 
actors (NSA)
Very high levels of school drop-
out at all grade/age levels
Limited formal economy and lack
of jobs
Large and often isolated rural
areas and changing population
Significant internal migration
from the dry zone

Translating the rationale into actions
Improving access t o
employment skills
Mitigation of
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Reducing remoteness,
increasing connections
Increasing income
earning in remote areas
Improving the local
skills pool
Thandar Moe, Supervisor
Kyaw Electronics, Mon State
Our experiences implementing the rationale
S y s t e m D e v e l o pm e n t
S u s t a i n a bi l i t y
R e d u c i n g c o m m u n i t y b u r d e n s
Va l u e o f t r a i n i n g
I m p a c t o f LV T
Southern Shan
Local Vocational Training Locations
We Create Opportunities
Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation
437 (B), Pyay Road, Kamaryut Township, Yangon, 11041