Employment in the Southeast Asian travel and tourism industry is expected to rise by 34.5% by 2027 and to support over 42 million jobs. Although the region is experiencing economic development, there are still significant social problems, especially amongst youth, women and rural communities who have limited access to education and decent jobs. In these conditions, the fast-growing tourism sector can become a strong social and economic inclusion lever for these vulnerable populations, as long as they are provided with the necessary technical and transversal skills, along with sustainable employment opportunities. In an international context where available public and private funding is scarce, the various social enterprises for training in hospitality and catering incorporated under ASSET-H&C help to create these opportunities in a self-sustained way in several countries of Southeast Asia.
ASSET-H&C brings together vocational training centers willing to work hand in hand to better fulfil their common social mission: bringing positive change in the lives of vulnerable youth and adults by teaching them trades that will allow them to successfully integrate into society. Launched in 2016, ASSET-H&C aims at becoming a key regional player in the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector as well as in sustainable tourism and hospitality.
There are currently 14 inclusive vocational training centers in ASSET-H&C:
- In Cambodia: Bayon Pastry School, Don Bosco Hotel School, Ecole d’Hôtellerie et de Tourisme Paul Dubrule, EGBOK, PSE Institute School of Hospitality & Tourism, Sala Baï,
- In Laos: Lanith
- In Myanmar: IHHVTC, Yangon Bakehouse
- In Thailand: HCTC
- In Vietnam: An Re Mai Sen, Hoa Sua , KOTO, La Boulangerie Française
ASSET-H&C activities are organized around 3 main objectives