Myanmar – Inle Lake Region and Yangon


Inle Heritage Hospitality Vocational Training Center (IHHVTC) and Yangon Bakehouse (YBH)



MYANMAR: Support for 2 hospitality-catering training centers

The Lake Inle region in eastern Myanmar brings together several minority ethnic groups that live mainly from fishing and farming. In this country where tourism is growing very quickly, new professional opportunities are emerging. But, without training or skills, young people are only able to access unstable, temporary jobs with no career prospects.

Since 2016, the IECD supports the Inle Heritage Hospitality Vocational Training Center (IHHVTC) which welcomes young people from modest families in the region, mainly from the Shan ethnic group. Thus, every year, the school trains about 50 young people in cooking, service, waiting, reception and accommodation trades. This 10-month course places great importance on practice thanks to the presence of a training hotel-restaurant as well as an internship in a company. Following the full diagnosis carried out by the IECD, an action plan designed to strengthen the school’s capacities was drawn up. Thus, the IECD supported the school in three areas: the strengthening of training in cross-cutting skills or ″life skills″, the setting up of a skills assessment tool and training in specific subjects for students and the team.

In 2017, the IECD formed a new partnership with the Yangon Bakehouse (YBH), a social enterprise created in 2013, in order to help it to improve its economic model and its training. This organization offers underprivileged Burmese women seven months of vocational training in catering.


The methodology concerning the strengthening of students’ cross-cutting skills comprises several phases:

  • Definition of a training syllabus in consultation with stakeholders (teachers, students, families, employers, community, etc.)
  • Definition of training content and tools and training for teachers concerning the integration of the syllabus and how to conduct classes.

This course considers themes such as identity, personal development, communication and professional integration.

2017 results:

  • 40 people trained in 2017.
  • 80% of young graduates in 2017 are in employment or continuing their studies.
  • 70% of selffunding for the IHHVTC, thanks to the application restaurant.