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Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh’s 5-star hotels give leg up to Vietnam’s disadvantaged youth
67 disadvantaged young from around Vietnam will get the opportunity of a lifetime when they begin training at Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh’s top 5-star hotels as part of a free 24-week program.

43 disadvantaged young in YCI Ha Noi

The Youth Career Initiative (YCI), run in partnership with local vocational training charity REACH, equips disadvantaged youth with the skills to work in the hospitality industry by placing them at 5-star hotels in Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh city.

Students in YCI Ho Chi Minh 

 In Ho Chi Minh city, 24 disadvantaged young begin training at Ho Chi Minh's most prestigious international hotels, including the InterContinental Asiana Saigon, Le Meridien Saigon, Renaissance Riverside Saigon và Sheraton Saigon and with around 60 per cent of the program delivered onsite as part of daily hotel operations.

In Ha Noi, 43 disadvantaged young will train under the tutelage of senior staff and managers at Hanoi’s most prestigious international hotels, including the Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Hanoi Opera, Sheraton Hanoi, InterContinental Hanoi Westlake and the JW Marriott.

The students will undergo more than 750 hours of mentoring and on-the-job training provided as part of the hotels’ daily operations. They will work as hotel staff and will be rotated through hotel functions, ranging from security and housekeeping to cooking.

 The YCI is designed to be a low-cost programme, mobilizing available resources in the private sector and existing initiatives in the non-government sectors that target vulnerable, unemployed youth. Costs associated with participating in the program, such as uniforms, meals, transport and allowances are paid for by the participating hotels.

  REACH anticipates over 90 per cent of the students will find suitable employment within six months of graduating from the program, thanks to its job placement program. In 2015, 100 per cent of YCI graduates obtained jobs after their training, including at 5-star hotels and restaurants in Hanoi.

About YCI
 The Youth Career Initiative (YCI) is a 24-week education programme that provides disadvantaged young people with life and work skills. The purpose is to empower young participants to make informed career choices and realise the options available to them, enabling them to improve their employability and enhance their long-term social and economic opportunities. Each country programme is tailored to suit the local needs of its young people – YCI is used as a tool to tackle or prevent issues such as youth unemployment, social exclusion, poverty, and exploitation. The YCI was created as a strategy to address issues of youth unemployment, social exclusion, poverty and youth exploitation, by empowering them to improve their employability and enhance their long-term economic and social opportunities. The initiative currently operates in 22 countries. 

 About REACH 
 REACH is a local, Vietnamese, non-government organisation specialising in vocational training and employment for Vietnam’s most disadvantaged youth.  REACH was established in 2008 as a continuation of the Livelihood Advancement Business School (LABS) programme of Plan Vietnam. It has provided free life skills and job training to over 13,000 youth in nine cities and provinces.
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