Opened centers in Hue and Da Nang. Since it started, REACH has achieved phenomenal growth, with the number of students graduating each year increased at an incredible rate, nearly doubling each year. The popularity of the courses at REACH was due to an increasing awareness in the community about the program’s success- more than 80% of the students who graduate find employment – and the need for free, quality training for youth from poor and disadvantaged families.
We have welcomed our 17,134th students through our doors, launched two new programs, and secured a partnership with Chisolm Institute in Australia to ensure graduates of our hospitality programs hold an international accreditation that will greatly enhance their career prospects.
These are just a few of the reasons that REACH went on to become one of just eight winners of an Alquity Foundation and Philanthropy University Transforming Lives Award, selected from over 600 applicants around the world.
Our social enterprises continue to go from strength to strength – with four now in operation across a number of key sectors.
“Set up TRE training restaurant in Hue as another social enterprise and Revina company specializes in IT outsourcing services on photo editing/ retouching, video/slideshow editing, 3D modeling, and etc for the international market.
Developed with 70 full-time employees, 5 centers, 1 project area, and 10 training programs. The number of trainees after 10 years is 15,000 graduates in difficult circumstances.
Asian Social Innovation Award Winner, Region of Vietnam.
Set up the Japanese food delivery training social enterprise KOI Bento Partnered with Microsoft in IT training program for disadvantaged youth
Acknowledged by UNESCAP as a promising practice
Receive the blue Swallow award from CSIP and VCCI
Expand YCI to Hochiminh city and work with 4 hotels: Sheraton Saigon, Intercontinental Saigon, Le Meridien Saigon, and Renaissance Saigon Implemented the Step up project for visually impaired people
Set up the first EM hair salon as a training social enterprise recognized as one of the 20 most impactful organizations out of 1400 organizations from 84 countries by Epic Foundation.
Acknowledged as a promising practice by UNEVOC In partnership with Child Fund to train ethnic minority youth from Hoa Binh.
Win series of awards including: CSO with most impressive development, CSO with outstanding transparency and accountability practices, CSO with the most effective partnership with businesses by MSD funded by Irish Aid in 2015, 2016 and 2017
REACH’s activities have received national and international recognition:
One of 24 Star impact award winners from around the globe. The award honors the contributions of local non-profit organizations in helping disadvantaged children and their families and communities.
One of the 10 most outstanding CSOs in Vietnam in implementing socio-economic development projects in the 2013-2015 period, acknowledged by VUSTA
Plan international award for the most innovative use of technology in development with “Work Readiness” online training program Achieved 10,000 young people trained in 5 centers across Vietnam
Green skill training module integrated into all training courses
REACH Social Enterprise Identity established for strategic long-term sustainability objectives
Grand Prize, Project Inspire competition by Singapore Committee for UN Women and MasterCard Foundation from 504 applications from 70 countries
Implemented YCI in Vietnam in partnership with Sheraton Hanoi, Intercontinental Westlake, Hilton Opera, JW Marriott
Implemented project for industrial sex workers
Supported DP to implement domestic helper training for disadvantaged women in Hochiminh city, starting with 43 students.
In partnership with the British Council, standardized English training programs for all courses at REACH
Building and developing alumni network nationwide
Developed online fundraising through the global giving platform
Took full management of the Central Region and REACH also received financial support to extend its program outside the permanent centers of Hanoi, Da Nang and Hue.
These satellite centers were in smaller towns outside the permanent centers.
this enabled us to extend our REACH to needy areas where many REACH target youth live.
The areas have an emerging economic sector or local government initiatives that are aligned with REACH’s mission.
REACH set up satellite centers in Bac Ninh, Hai Duong, and Thanh Hoa in the Northern Region and Hoi An, Tam Ky, Quang Binh in the Central Region. Typically these Satellite Centers were kept at a small size of two to three classes per batch of about 60 students. Often partners from the local government or local NGOs provided significant assistance in setting up and running a REACH batch in the Satellite Centers.
Selected as the only local partner working with SNV in Vietnam to
implement HITT project (High Impact Tourism Training) which is funded
by the EU.
Took over the program management of the Central Region, with permanent centers in Da Nang and Hue.
REACH entered into a partnership with PACT to include youth living with HIV/AIDS in our training programs.
In 2008, Plan in Vietnam supported LABS to become an independent, local, non-government and non-profit organization, REACH. This was a significant step in the development of this form of short-term, market-oriented, large scale, relatively low-cost training.
REACH received a license as an NGO under VUSTA (Vietnamese Union of Scientific and Technology Associations) in 2008. Plan in Vietnam continued to directly manage Da Nang and Hue while REACH became established.
Opened centers in Hue and Da Nang.
Since it started, REACH has achieved phenomenal growth, with the number of students graduating each year increased at an incredible rate, nearly doubling each year. The popularity of the courses at REACH was due to an increasing awareness in the community about the program’s success- more than 80% of the students who graduate find employment – and the need for free, quality training for youth from poor and disadvantaged families.
The organization started in 2004 as the Livelihood Advancement Business School (LABS), a project of Plan in Vietnam. The LABS vocational training model was originally conceived by the Dr.Reddy Foundation in India and LABS and REACH in Vietnam have been supported by Plan in Vietnam since 2004. The first center opened in Hanoi in 2004.