Our history

  • 2004

     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. 

  • 2005

    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.
  • 2008


    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.
  • 2010

    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.
  • 2011

    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.
  • 2012

    In partnership with the British Council, standardized all English training programs for different courses at REACH
    Developed online fundraising through the global giving platform
  • 2013

    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
  • 2014

    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
  • 2015

    One of 24 Star impact award winners from around the globe
    One of the 10 most outstanding CSOs in Vietnam acknowledged by VUSTA
    Plan international award for the most innovative use of technology in development
    Achieved 10,000 youth trained in 5 centers across Vietnam
    Green skill training module integrated into all training courses

  • 2016

    Set up the first EM hair salon as a training social enterprise
    Recognised 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

  • 2017

    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