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Thailand: young people from IECD earn recognition for their professional skills

At the beginning of February, the “World Skills Thailand” national competition was held in Bangkok, highlighting the know-how possessed by young Thais in more than twenty fields.

At the 26th edition of this event, the candidates included Benjamaj and Atchara, two young girls attending the Hospitality and Catering Training Center (HCTC), the vocational program of IECD (European Institute for Cooperation and Development). They had the opportunity to impress the panel with their range of hotel and catering skills…. a splendid demonstration of the quality training they are receiving at the HCTC, notably via the NGO’s own catering vocational restaurant: The Passport, which has been supported by Solidarity AccorHotels and AccorHotels employees in Thailand since 2013.




Feedback from an experience full of valuable lessons and challenges for these two young Karenni girls:

On 3 and 4 February, Benjamaj took the waitress test, which included skirting, napkin folding, wine display, chicken carving, fruit cutting and English communication. Sadly, she didn’t pass the exam but she really appreciated this valuable learning experience.

Atchara, for her part, defended her position in the cooking category, alongside 12 candidates from the country’s best hotel management colleges (Dusit Thani, Vatel, Le Cordon Bleu, etc). Grilled zucchini rolled with asparagus, ricotta cheese and walnut, roasted duck breast with orange sauce and triple chocolate mousse and mango cream pie all featured on the menu. These novel culinary delicacies earned Atchara 4th place, for which she received a prize of 3,000 baht (around 80 euros, i.e. 10 times the amount of Thailand’s daily minimum wage) and strong encouragement from the panel, which could see that she had real potential!