Supporting women’s economic independence through entrepreneurship – Ceremony marks launch of beauty counselor course at vocational training centers in Cambodia (2022 Supported Project: iL BRiLLE Co., Ltd.)


iL BRiLLE Co., Ltd. provides vocational training in Japan and Cambodia with the aim of growing the beauty industry and supporting women’s economic independence through entrepreneurship. On January 23, 2024, the beauty counselor course was launched at the National Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation under the Cambodian Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training.

With demand in the beauty field currently growing in Cambodia alongside the country’s economic growth, many new cosmetic shops, beauty salons and beauty clinics have opened in Phnom Penh. On the other hand, there are a lot of people setting up in practice and performing procedures without learning proper skills or techniques, and in many cases, they provide services based on incorrect knowledge.

The beauty industry is an important sector with a significant impact on health as it directly touches on the skin and body. Unfortunately, it is also true that the following issues occur.
* Rough skin, discoloration and other problems caused by use of poor-quality cosmetics
* Burns and other injuries due to incorrect use of beauty devices

Over two years, the course will provide advanced skills and expertise in the beauty field based on Japanese standards. Experienced Japanese instructors will regularly visit schools and coach students directly in beauty techniques including skin care, massage and use of beauty devices. When Japanese instructors are not available on site, instruction in beauty techniques will be provided online remotely from Japan with follow-up by Cambodian instructors.

The classroom lectures on beauty will cover everything from basics such as the therapist’s mindset and the hospitality, which is one of Japan’s strengths, to practical content such as massage theory and salon hygiene management.

In addition, a business course will also be offered to help participants become financially independent and start their own business. Lessons will range from basic business knowledge such as how to make a business plan, to practical content such as how to attract customers.

An official certificate (High Diploma) will be issued to students who complete the two-year course.

The course inauguration ceremony was held on January 26, 2024, and was attended by H.E. Heng Suor, Cambodian Minister of Labour and Vocational Training, and Atsushi Ueno, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Kingdom of Cambodia. Their warm words of support for the launch of the project were deeply appreciated.

At the same venue, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed among the National Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, business partner TTP Group and iL BRiLLE.

MoU signing ceremony ①MoU signing ceremony ②Opening address by H.E. Heng Suor, Minister of Labour and Vocational Training

After the MoU signing ceremony, the guests visited a classroom where students were gathered for a demonstration of the teaching curriculum by a Japanese instructor.

Beauty counselor course classDemonstration by Japanese beauty school instructorDemonstration by Cambodian beauty school instructor

This project was also reported on the official Cambodian government news site. (Khmer only)

The project not only provides basic knowledge and technical guidance over two years, but also practical guidance for actual labor and store management. It aims to grow the beauty industry and support women’s economic independence through entrepreneurship.