Tourism – Skills Training in Rural Areas (T-STAR)

Project Overview

Project Title Tourism – Skills Training in Rural Areas (T-STAR)
Project Number N/A
Country Kyrgyzstan
Overall Project Value(EUR) Not Assigned
Project Start – Project End January 1, 2009–December 31, 2014
Project Status Closed

Funding and Implementing Organizations

Origin of Funding Helvetas
Project Budget(EUR) N/A
Implementing Organization / Consortium

• Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation in the Kyrgyz Republic
• Lichtenstein Development Services
• 2 training centers in the city of Cholpon-Ata and Karakol
• Kyrgyz-Turkish University "Manas"
• 143 cafes and hotels of Issyk-Kul region
• State Employment Service of the Kyrgyz Republic

Contact / Team Leader / Project Team


Beneficiary Government of Kyrgyz Republic

Project Summary, Objectives and Results

Project Summary

Under the framework of the T-STAR project, was established “The School of Hospitality Training Hotel”, which offers short-term and mobile courses in tourism field to the local population of the Issyk-Kul region for the acquisition of a new profession and the upgrading of the already existing employees of hotels and restaurants. The courses are developed according to the methodology of the International Labor Organization in cooperation with teachers from Kyrgyz Turkish University “Manas” and independent experts-trainers. For the best mastering of the material on the courses, much attention is paid to practical exercises, so that the trainees acquire the necessary working skills.
Courses are different from other topics that are held on the basis of working hotels and restaurants, which are called Training Hotels. At present 16 leading hotels in the Issyk-Kul region working as Training hotels and regularly provide their base for conducting courses.
The activities of the School of Hospitality Training Hotel in Issyk-Kul region are carried out by two training centers located in the Karakol and Cholpon-Ata towns.

The project was implemented in 4 stages: (i)  2009 – Pilot phase of the project; (ii) 2010-2011 Phase I; (iii) 2012-2013 Phase II; (iv)  2014 Phase III.

Project Objectives
  • To contribute to the development and institutionalization of training offers in the hospitality sector.
  • To improve income opportunities for employed and to increase chances on the labour market for unemployed rural and semi-urban adults.
Education Sector VET (IVET & CVET)
Components of the Education Process Career planning, Institutional strengthening & capacity building, Social Partnership, Teaching and learning technologies (arrangements)
Occupational Field Tourism and Catering
Target Groups Employers and employer organisations, Learners (scholar, student, apprentice etc.)
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Project Results
  • Capacity of 2 training centers strengthened.
  • 9 training courses developed.
  • More than 40 trainers in the field of hospitality trained.
  • The local population IN 20 Training Hotels at their base trained.
  • Over 1,600 people trained.

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