In Vietnam, over one million people enter the workforce every year. It is a highly competitive market where those without the proper training are left behind to face a bleak future.
The problem is particularly marked for young people aged between 15 and 24. In Vietnam, the youth unemployment rate is almost three times as high as the overall rate.
Opportunities for poorly qualified young people, in particular those affected by poverty, domestic violence, trafficking or HIV/AIDS, are limited. Rapid urbanisation has further compounded the problem and many disadvantaged young people are left frustrated and in despair.
With scarce access to affordable skills training, the need for vocational education for disadvantaged youth has never been more urgent.
REACH targets the most vulnerable and marginalised youth, offering vocational training to increase the prospect of long-term stable employment.
The organisation, which was established in 2008, has designed training courses that respond to market demand. Working out of five provinces, REACH runs courses in the areas of cooking, hairdressing and nail painting, food and beverage services, as well as sales and marketing.
Thanks to a large network of business contacts that has been fostered over the years, REACH is well placed to match trainees with employment. REACH has successfully filled the training gap for more than 12,000 young people in Vietnam, restoring self-esteem and paving the way for brighter futures.
Every year, over 1,200 young people complete REACH’s 3-month vocational training programmes. Over 80 per cent of REACH graduates go on to find a stable job within six months of graduation.
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