(Vietnam’s Youth Development Strategy by 2010: 2 Phan Van Khai (undated). Vietnam: Government of Socialist Republic of Vietnam).
- Unemployment rate among youth aged 15-24 years at 7% over the last decade, compared to the overall rate of 2.88%.
- “Youth unemployment is likely to get more serious with 1.5-1.6 million young people reaching working age every year”.
- The biggest challenge to the youth nowadays is jobs. Millions of young people in the urban areas are unemployed.
- The employed time of rural young people is less than 75% in a year.
- Less than 15% of young workers receive technical training, and very few have high skills.
REACH is a local non-government and non-profit organisation which specializes in providing vocational training, career advice and job placement services for Vietnam’s most disadvantaged youth.
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.
REACH targets the most vulnerable youth who are in need of accessible, affordable skills training. We target disadvantaged young people living in the cities and neighbouring provinces of Hanoi, Hue and Danang between the ages of 16-25 years.
Since 2010 we have extended this age range from 16 – 30 years in some circumstances, to also include in our target group young women from marginalised groups such as trafficked women, and women from families living with / affected by HIV or other difficult circumstances .
REACH program graduates go on to earn competitive wages with small, medium and large businesses in Vietnam. Many graduates advance to supervisor, assistant manager and manager roles soon after completing their courses.
With a team of experienced, dedicated facilitators, REACH is enabling thousands of disadvantaged Vietnamese youth to reach for their future via access to free vocational training and employment opportunities.
Between 2004 – 2011 REACH has trained over 6,600 students, with over 80% of our students in employment six months after graduation.