Strengthening private sector engagement in skills development to support the tourism sector in Timor Leste

The ILO supports national tourism sector skills development in Timor Leste

News | 21 November 2023
The ILO Bureau for Employers' Activities (ACT/EMP), in collaboration with the ILO/Japan Fund project Building Youth Capacity and Network in Asia Pacific, has been supporting sectoral action in line with recommendations set out in a national policy paper on skills development and TVET developed by the Chamber of Commerce of Timor-Leste (CCI-TL).
The position paper emphasizes the need for closer partnership with the private sector in the design, implementation and financing of skills development in Timor Leste and calls for sectoral skills strategy and closer sectoral engagement. In collaboration with the HOTL Association, pilots of the ILO’s Activity Based Learning (ABL) program for Small Business Competitiveness in the Tourism Sector were subsequently designed and conducted in October 2023 with leading providers of technical and vocational training identified.

The pilots aimed to model closer collaboration between the private sector and providers in the delivery of training on entrepreneurship and work readiness skills to 90 youth enrolled in hospitality and tourism training courses. Following success of the pilots and positive feedback from all involved, the ILO is now providing further support for the three training center to integrate the ABL tools as part of their curricula, and supporting the HOTL Association and these providers to organize a Careers Day and Business Plan competition for January/February 2024.

In line with other recommendations set out in the Chambers national position paper the ILO is now providing support to the Chamber of Commerce of Timor-Leste (CCI-TL) and HOTL Association to prepare for the conduct of assessments of the enabling environment for sustainable enterprises (EESE) in February/March 2024. These will be the first EESE assessments in Timor Leste since 2016 where national and sectoral assessments were undertaken under the Business Opportunities and Support Services (BOSS) Project.