The video of the Hospitality and Catering Training Centre in Mae Sot
In the region of Mae Sot, in Northwest Thailand, Karen people are among the poorest of the country. The youth leaves the area to the city hoping for a better life. Ill-trained, not fluent in Thai and unprepared for urban life, they face many difficulties there.
In 2009, IECD and TBCAF launched in Mae Sot a comprehensive training project for disadvantaged youth. In the hospitality school which opened its door in 2011, students acquire technical skills and general knowledge. They also develop life skills that will enable them to find a stable and valuable employment.
In 2013, the school welcomed 48 students divided into three promotions. During three years, they are trained in cuisine, service and accommodation. They also enhance their skills in Thai and English.
Students are trained under real conditions in the school’s hotel and restaurant which open to the public three days a week. They must also do internships in a work environment. For these young people, it is an opportunity to discover the reality of their future job.