Mae Sot project success
The new UnionAID skills training centre in Mae Sot is already a great success with all of the trainees obtaining work in local factories on completion of their training.
In addition to the first classroom (see Solidarity Summer 2011) a second classroom, an office, and accommodation for both staff and trainees are being built.
The project has already made a difference to the lives of the young women trainees and their families. Employment gives them income and security and also enables them to remit money back to their families in Burma. It also reduces their vulnerability to human trafficking.
In reviewing the selection rules (for training) a decision has also been made to prioritize applicants with disabilities, are without family support in Mae Sot, or who have limited other opportunities because of low education levels.
There has been a lot of interest from local employers and it is likely that this interest and support will grow.
With our total funding of $NZ56,000, our project partner, the Federation of Trade Unions of Burma (FTUB) will build the complex of buildings, pay three staff, and provide food and accommodation for the staff and 350 trainees for a full year.