Transform the lives of severely disadvantaged youth and their families

The project aims to improve the employability of youth from underprivileged backgrounds by training them on necessary life and work skills. It is targeted that 80% of these youth get jobs and stay in the job at least 6 months after graduation.


• Provide vocational training to 400 disadvantaged youth in their preferred areas.
• Help at least 80% of trained youth obtain jobs and stay in the job of their preferred industry at least 6 months after graduation.
• 80% of trained youth have increased income.


The project aims to provide work skills and job placement for disadvantaged youth.
Participants will undertake 3-5 months training course in their selected areas including food and beverage, sales and marketing, web and graphic design, hairdressing, nail art and housekeeping.

In addition to practical, technical training in each specific discipline, students also have opportunities to receive other training and support, such as the following:

• Specialised English language tuition
• Life skills training
• Job readiness training, equipping them with the skills and attitude needed for long term success in their future working life;
• Job placement component, a hands-on experience to help students gain exposure to a work environment; and
• Post placement services, providing 6 months follow up support after students finish the training at REACH, to ensure that students secure a job and stay in the job.


* Strong connection with business network: The advantage of REACH’s model is the close connection with businesses in related areas to seek their support in market scan, guest lecturers, training curriculum development, programme quality assessment, student internships and job placement.
* Multi-stakeholder cooperation in students recruitment: REACH works with different social organisations to recruit the right students. These organisations are local youth unions, women unions, people committees, department of social crime prevention, and other non-profit organisation.
* Integrating online training: REACH has established an online training platform called "Ready to Work", enabling students access lessons from home.


• Improvement in quality of life of trained youth and their family.
• Supporting businesses to find skilled employees for entry-level jobs, thus reducing their costs for staff training.
• Addressing the high unemployment rate among youth, especially those coming from underprivileged backgrounds.
• Encouraging philanthropic culture among businesses by involving them in supporting meaningful employment and training programs for disadvantaged youth.
• Helping to reduce social problems caused by youth unemployment.


• High rate of youth unemployment
In Vietnam, a combination of low education and skills, high youth unemployment levels, poverty, dependency, and declining self-esteem leads to impoverished youth having few economic opportunities. The rate of unemployed Vietnamese aged between 15 and 24 was more than three times higher than that of other groups in 2012 and nearly half of the unemployed people in Vietnam last year were under the age of 25.
Young people with lower educational levels, from poorer families, rural areas or those from ethnic minorities represent a high proportion of unemployed youth. Getting jobs is even harder for them because they don’t have any qualifications or work skills to become competitive in labour market.
• Shortage of skilled workers
Though there are around 1.4 million people entering the labour market each year, only about 27% of workers currently have received training relevant to the job they do, while just 15% have completed formal vocational training.


Intensive participation of business network and students’ working attitude are two critical factors deciding the success of student job placement and retention. Therefore, it is important to put more emphasis on:
- Creating greater participation of businesses: REACH is currently implementing a work-based training model, where more than 60% of training takes place at businesses. Ultilising available human and finance resources from business to carry out qualified vocational training program is one of REACH's steps to move toward financial sustainability and efficiency.
- More career/ work consultation and get students more aware of requirement in future work environment