Vocational Trainings, Vietnam
Local non-governmental organization REACH has successfully run an innovative vocational training program since 2004. It addresses the high unemployment rate among urban youth and ensures that youngsters are well prepared for the labor market. The program bridges the gap between the demand for skilled, professional employees and the extensive supply of semi-skilled youth.
REACH helps disadvantaged young people claim their right to safe, fairly-paid employment by improving their skills, providing work experience and helping them find suitable jobs. To date REACH has trained 2,786 young men and women in three industries – customer relations and sales, hospitality and information technology. The objective for the next three years is to train 4,020 youths aged 18-25 in vocational skills and to secure jobs for around 80 percent of all training graduates. Potential students are carefully selected to ensure that they fit the target group and are fully committed. Students receive full-time training in their chosen field for three to four months, delivered by professionals and designed to be ‘hands-on’. English language teaching is also given, as many potential employers now require it. At the end of each course, REACH facilitators liaise with businesses to help graduates find suitable jobs. So far, 80 percent of all graduates have been successfully placed in their sector. Graduates are highly regarded by employers for their practical skills and positive attitude.