Scholarship students graduate
On the 13th of July, five of the scholarship students graduated from Paul Dubrule School of Tourism. Ronouch, Chhunly, Kimratana and Day received their qualifications in Tourism and Hospitality, whilst Hama graduated in Restaurant and Bar studies. Understandably, this was a very exciting and proud occasion for everyone at, and involved with, PEPY Empowering Youth.
The students were amongst over two hundred students who graduated from a variety of tourism and hospitality related courses at the ceremony, which was attended by a number of significant industry and government representatives; speeches were given by representatives of the Labor and Tourism ministries, a provincial official, and the founder and director of Paul Dubrule.
Over their time at Paul Dubrule, the students have developed an in depth understanding of the operations of the tourism and restaurant industries. They have not only developed skills which are specific to their chosen career field, such as ticketing and tour operation, but also more widely applicable skills, for example, a strong aptitude of English, local and world geography and history, as well as become familiar with different cultures and behaviors. Having earned their Tourism Certificates, Ronouch, Chhunly, Kimratana and Day are now qualified to work in a range of different roles, including, but not limited to, reservation agent, ticketing agent, tour escort, tour leader, travel agent, airline staff, airport agent, whilst Hama’s qualification means she could pursue a career as restaurant apprentice, waiter, captain, banqueting captain, assistant restaurant manager, restaurant manager or bartender.
The tourism industry is in high demand of skilled employees, and we have no doubt that the students will be successful in the field. Three of the students have already secured themselves employment; Chhunly is utilizing his qualification straight away, having been offered the role of Guest Service Officer at Hotel Somedevi Angkor Boutique & Resort. Hama has also received a role in her area of study, having begun a training position at DMC Asia Plus Tour Company, whilst Ronouch spends her week working as a Clerk at Paul Dubrule, and at the weekends she is a part-time Human Resources manager.
We are excited to see what the future holds for these students, and look forward to sharing news of more graduations in the future.