Park Hyatt Siem Reap & LHA Sewing School (STS)
For many young women in Cambodia with minimum education, employment opportunities are few and earning capacity is low.
Examples of more common unskilled occupations include tending the family land or selling vegetables at the local market. Others may need to work in brick-factories or on construction sites where they are subject to hard labour for six days per week with few workers rights and a monthly wage of approximately $25.
The Park Hyatt Siem Reap & LHA Sewing Training School (STS) offers disadvantaged young women from poor families the chance to break the cycle of poverty and improve their future prospects by learning sewing and other life skills to prepare them for brighter futures.
LHA established the Sewing School in 2006 with the owning company of the Park Hyatt Siem Reap, when the Hotel was still the Hotel de la Paix. Upon re-branding as Park Hyatt Siem Reap in 2013, the STS program continued to be fully funded by Park Hyatt Siem Reap.
Once students are selected to undergo the STS program, they are supported with an 8-month sewing training program, full room and board for the duration of the course, health care and other benefits. By the course’s end, each student masters over fifty different sewing skills, including how to sew, measure and cut on paper and fabric, iron and how to link all parts to make the finished clothes and products. They also undertake lessons in Khmer literature, English, computers, culture, tradition, basic small business skills, Buddhist morality, social awareness, and life skills.
STS students have the opportunity to participate in cross training and internships at Park Hyatt Siem Reap, specifically in housekeeping with a focus on linen room, seamstress and laundry operations, which could lead to future job roles in the hotel and lifelong careers in the hospitality industry.
Upon graduation each student is given a sewing machine and small starter-pack to begin their new life with their new skillset. The Park Hyatt Siem Reap & LHA Sewing Training School enables students to generate sustainable household income and support their families by opening the doors to economic opportunities, such as working in or contracting to the hotel and the hospitality industry, starting their own sewing business or by finding work in companies, factories or sewing shops.
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