Text: Vilde Skorpen Wikan, Communications Adviser Norec

REACH, Consultancy Center for Underprivileged Youth, and DB Tech, Don Bosco Tech and Vocational Facilitation, give young people access to a labour market in rapid change and increased levels of specialisation. As partners of Norec (formerly FK Norway), they have been exchanging teachers and staff since 2016. These improve their insight into the international labour market, different teaching methods and various ways of structuring teaching institutions.

“80 percent of those who graduate from REACH manage to find and keep a job,” said Head of REACH Pham Thi Thanh Tham.

One of the most important measures to tackle global poverty is ensuring that youth and young adults have an education that gives access to work and income, according to the UN. This is identified in Sustainable Development Goal 4.4:

“By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship.”

Access to the Labour Market

But students at REACH and DB Tech get more than just training and an education. They also get introduced to the organisations’ professional network.

“We are part of a portal that promotes placements and interning opportunities, with a network consisting of about one thousand firms,” said Pham.

This is one of the reasons why so many who graduate at REACH get a job, she said.

Active and close cooperation with the private sector and industries is also an important focus for DB Tech. Both organisations also actively use social media to communicate what they do and stay in touch with partners.

New Approaches

But REACH and DB Tech also have important differences. The exchange therefore introduces new approaches and perspectives and provides a unique chance to compare solutions.

“The exchange showed me how different training methods give different life-skills,” said Anh Bui from REACH, the first person who went on exchange from Vietnam to India. “TB Tech uses thought experiments and has a less theory-based education.”

“It was a fulfilling year and I got new knowledge that I can apply in Vietnam.”

Exchange participant Sam Yeptho from DB Tech says he had a similar experience at REACH:

“I am sure I can make a positive contribution in Vietnam, but I also bring new experiences and solutions back with me that can be implemented in India,” he said. “It has changed my world-view and perspectives.”