‘Pinpoint’: Vocational Training for Youth

Twenty-eight-year-old Quan is from Bac Kan Province and has a secure, well-paying job as a welder in a factory. However, finding decent work has not always been easy for Quan, and many young people from his community.

Growing up in a farming family with six siblings, Quan’s parents often found it difficult to support their children with their low incomes. As a result, once Quan graduated from high school, he served in the army for 18 months, and then enrolled in a three-month motorbike repair course as part of a state-led support scheme for former soldiers. However, once Quan completed this training, he found it impossible to find a suitable job due to too many young people looking for work in the same field, and limited vacancies.

“I had no other choice but to come back home to help my parents with farming. It was quite hard for me at that time, as farming hardly produces enough for my family,” explains Quan.

To support young men and women like Quan, ChildFund Vietnam has developed ‘pinpoint’ vocational training and job support, which aims to provide them with marketable skills and sustainable employment opportunities. Working closely with both vocational institutions and local businesses requiring skilled workers, ChildFund is able to help ‘pinpoint’, or match, trainees with new roles for apprenticeships and upon completion of courses.

In collaboration with the local Youth Union, ChildFund has helped young people learn about their strengths and interests, and labour market needs. Consultations are conducted so that young people are able to choose suitable training courses and apprenticeships in specific areas – including construction, welding, painting, carpentry, mechanics, beauty and bartending.

By gaining technical skills, youth are able to diversify their income and reduce their dependence on farming – which can be affected by adverse weather conditions, diseases and harmful pests. Having a stable income and job also aids in minimising social risks for youth.

There is also an added benefit for businesses, with Hung, the HR Manager of the Thai Nguyen Construction Material Factory, advising: “Businesses like us help the trainees during their apprenticeship in our factory. When we have openings, we can pick out new employees from the group of trainees. This is very cost effective as we don’t have to spend time and money advertising and recruiting for workers. We believe the youth training model that ChildFund has introduced is very effective.”

With the program having already assisted almost 100 young people from Bac Kan, Hoa Binh and Cao Bang, the majority of those who have graduated, including Quan, are now engaged in full time work.

“I am delighted about my job,” says Quan.

 “The company takes good care of the workers and they provide social insurance and work clothes. They also pay me on time, every month. I can cover my daily expenses and save the rest for my future. Thank you very much ChildFund, for helping me get a good, stable job,” he adds.

 

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