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Secure Employment for Vietnam’s Disadvantaged Youth

The project aims to empower disadvantaged youth, aged 16 – 30 who do not have access to formal vocational training programs due, by helping them obtain secure employment.



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Social causes


SDGs covered

Market of Implementation

  • Vietnam


Vietnamese youth are facing significant unemployment issues. In 2018, the rate of youth unemployment was 6.9% (ILO, 2018), youth aged 15-24 accounted for 40.0% of total unemployment.
Despite the fact that there is a high prevalence of unemployment and vulnerable employment amongst youth, there is still a shortage of skilled workers in the market. According to the 2017 Employment Report by GSO and ILO, the rate of untrained, and unskilled labor accounted for 62% of the total labour suitable aged population. The Vietnamese government has, therefore, put improving the country’s human resource quality as one of the priorities in its national development strategies. This includes a number of policies and incentives promoting vocational training amongst youth. However, it has achieved very little success to date. Public vocational schools which are funded by government offer youth training at low tuition rates, but their training programs are not market-driven. As a result, students are not equipped with appropriate skills for the real labor market, and they struggle with finding a relevant job. While private vocational training schools tend to have be more marketable, youth who come from disadvantaged backgrounds are unable to afford this training due to the high tuition rates.


reach1Realizing the mismatch between demand and supply in the labour market, as well as the on-going gaps in vocational education in Vietnam, REACH developed a vocational training program based on business engagement. It is five-part process consultation is key.
  • Market analysis will identify growing industries.
  • REACH and its business partners will work together to develop coursework that focuses on essential skills required by those industries.
  • Students will study and train at REACH’s campuses located in 6 locations across Vietnam: Hanoi, HCMC, Hai Duong, Danang, Hoian, and Hue.
  • This training will include being placed with one of our many business partners to gain real-world experience.
  • When students graduate we will help to place them in secure, lasting employment.
But it doesn’t end there. We will also provide ongoing support services. As part of this process, we will gather feedback from employers and students that will be used to improve the program.

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