YCI Country Information
YCI in Vietnam was launched in Hanoi in 2010. The Sheraton Hanoi Hotel welcomed nine young participants into the training programme that teaches them a wide range of work skills whilst exposing them to over 15 skill areas within the hotel operations. The participants came from three SOS Children’s Villages near Hanoi. SOS Children’s Villages provides participants with life skills training during the programme. The Hilton Hanoi Opera joined the programme in 2012, and the Hilton Garden Inn Hanoi in 2013.
REACH, a local non-profit organisation, coordinates the programme on the ground. Their role involves organising the recruitment of suitable candidates, arranging extra training sessions such as computer lessons and periodically monitoring the performance of participants. YCI Hanoi is currently in its third programme cycle and involves the three participating hotels mentioned above.
The tourism sector is an important driver for growth in Vietnam both economically and socially because it provides opportunities for households to escape poverty. Alleviating poverty is not only one of the eight UN Millennium Development Goals, it is also a fundamental motive for YCI’s work.
Official data shows that Vietnam's unemployment rate among young people (ages 15-24) reached almost 6% in 2013. This is over three times higher than the total unemployment adult rate. Vietnamese employers are increasingly looking for a combination of higher quality technical and vocational skills. In 2010, only 27% of workers had training relevant to the job they do, while just 19.5% had formal vocational training.
The World Bank has released the Vietnam Development Report 2014, titled “Skilling up Vietnam: Preparing the workforce for a modern market economy” . The report says that since the country is aiming to become an industrialised economy by 2020, technical, vocational education and training (TVET) are key.
Tourism is one of the main sectors around which the government will be building tailored vocational training programmes, given that in 2013 it has accounted for 22.2% of the country’s GDP and has provided 1.8m jobs.
Vietnam’s Workforce Needs New Skills for A Continued Economic Modernization, Says Vietnam Development Report 2014. 2014. Vietnam’s Workforce Needs New Skills for A Continued Economic Modernization, Says Vietnam Development Report 2014. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2013/11/29/vietnams-workforce-needs-new-skills-for-a-continued-economic-modernization-says-vietnam-development-report2014.
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