According to the Survey and Assessment of Vietnamese Youth (SAVY 1), the first national survey on adolescents and youth aged 14-25 conducted in 42 provinces across Vietnam in 2003, employment has become a major concern for youth. Youth unemployment and underemployment have steadily increased. According to ILO information from 2013 the unemployment rate among young Vietnamese is more than three times higher than the adult rate and nearly half of the unemployed in Vietnam in 2012 were between 15 and 24 of age (a situation unchanged, as SAVY 1 found that youth unemployment accounted for 45% of all unemployment in Vietnam). But unemployment is only one of the challenges youth face: Four million or over 53% of young people are in vulnerable employment (self-employed or work as contributing family workers with meagre income, poor working conditions and lack of social protection). At the heart of the problem is the quantity and quality of work available to young people in Vietnam.
REACH is a Vietnamese NGO specialized in providing vocational training, career advice and job placement services for Vietnam’s most at-risk youth. The organization targets youth 16-25 years living in the cities and neighboring provinces of Hanoi, Hue and Da Nang, and in some circumstances youth 16-30 years (e.g. trafficked women or women from families living with/affected by HIV). REACH started in 2004 as the Livelihood Advancement Business School (LABS), a project of Plan in Vietnam. In 2008, Plan in Vietnam supported LABS to become the independent local NGO REACH. Since 2004 and its first training center in Hanoi, REACH opened centers in other regions. In 2015, REACH operates 5 centers: Hanoi, Hai Duong, Hue, Da Nang and Hoi An. The NGO offers short-term (3 months) and market-oriented training, including soft skills training that youth will need in their workplace. REACH also actively supports youth to find a job. The NGO provides access to free vocational training and job placement.
EMpower’s 1st grant to REACH supports the NGO to start gaining more financial sustainability and to work more cost-effectively over the years to come through setting up an enterprise – a Japanese lunch box delivery service. The delivery service will also help to increase the social impact of the vocational training program offered for at-risk youth in linking classroom training to practical experience in a real work context. 130 young trainees will be able to participate in the activities of the lunch box delivery service while participating in their vocational trainings in Graphic & Web Design, Marketing and Sales, Cooking as well as Food & Beverage.
Primary Location: Hanoi
Funded Since: 2016
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