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What is HCTA

Hospitality and Catering Training Academy (HCTA) is a non-profit training centre empowering the youths with education and vocational training, not only creating job opportunities but also supplying the rapid demand of tourism and hotel industry. Base in Kaw-Hmu which is one of the outcast town of Yangon city, Myanmar. Kaw Hmu township has a population of around 120,000. HCTA programme for hotel services training aims to produce international standard multi-professional hospitality staffs. This will offer a new learning opportunity for ambitious local youngsters and create some job opportunities by linking with network of hotels and catering industry around the country. HCTA is one of the vital projects of the Burmese registered charity Daw Khin Kyi Foundation which is founded by Nobel Literate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.


Hospitality Foundation Course

Hospitality Advanced Course

Culinary Foundation Course

Culinary Advanced Course

Entry criteria and system (for all levels)

Age: 18 to 25 yrs

Education: High School Graduate (passed 10th standard)

Residence: Preference to residences of Kaw-Hmu and surrounding 10 miles

Successful interview (It is important for our applicants to realise that our decision is based on their overall suitability for the programme and not solely on meeting the minimum requirements)

Teaching system

The teaching programme includes two components – institutional and internship training in the hospitality and tourism industry. Institutional training will offer academic theoretical knowledge which will be delivered by means of lectures and workshops. This will be followed by 2-months internship programme at our in-house restaurant/guest house and other partner hotels and restaurants. Teacher-to-student ratio will be approximately 1:40 (theory) and 1:20 (practical). Individual assignment and group discussion will take place and each trainee will be assessed throughout the training period by point scoring system. At the end of every month, trainees will be given feedbacks on their progress.


The main goal of HCTA is to help youths of Myanmar become skilled, independent, successful and well-equipped leaders in hospitality industry. To achieve this goal, trainees will be taken through the paths of vocational training which encompass dynamic modules outside of hospitality subjects. This aims to foster their self-confidence and leadership potentials. In a longer term, HCTA aims to fulfill vocational training needs nationwide and to extend training in other subjects.



Volunteers from around the world will be invited to take part in the teaching programme of HCTA. This will offer educated Burmese as well as non-Burmese people living locally and abroad to share their experience with trainees at HCTA. It will also promote the awareness of the training programme worldwide and would increase the possibility of getting sustainable fund. The preferred volunteers include managers, accountants, chefs, teachers, medical students, doctors. However, application format, acceptance criteria for volunteers and minimum duration of volunteering period needs to be decided by the board of directors.


In order to sustain the necessary funding for HCTA, to cover education costs and to assist with the smooth transition of trainees to work, partnership links will be developed with different organisations.

Community Partnerships

  1. Local government organisations
  2. Ministry of Hotel and Tourism
  3. Ministry of Education
  4. National Hotel and Tourism Business Associations
  5. Non-governmental Organisations
  6. Chef Associations
  7. Hospitality Partnerships
  8. Foreign Invested Hotels
  9. Local Hotels
  10. Restaurants


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