Working things out: Training up Cambodia’s out-of-work youth

Cambodia has a shortage of candidates with the necessary soft skills key to propelling them towards better jobs. We speak to the community organisations trying to expand opportunities for vulnerable youth.

As urban areas expand, more and more Cambodians are moving to the country’s cities in search of a better life. Over three-quarters of these migrants flood into Phnom Penh, the premier destination for rural-to-urban migration, with one main thing in common – they’re looking for work.

Reports by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) point out that these migrants are overwhelmingly young people aged just 20 to 34 years old, with women tending to migrate at even younger ages than men. So where do they end up once they come into the city?

Families and singles alike are often unprepared to make the shift. Many find themselves facing many possibilities in a new city, but little means or resources to take advantage of them.

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