Local NGO REACH signs MOU with Australia’s Chisholm Institute

- REACH Vietnam has signed an MOU with Chisholm Institute in Australia to provide recognition of prior learning for up to 50 REACH students in the first year - In attendance were: Australian Ambassador, Her Excellency, Ms Robyn Mudie; Executive Director of REACH Vietnam, Ms Tam Pham Thi Thanh; CEO of Chisholm, Mr Stephen Varty; Chisholm Institute Board Chair, Mr Stephen Marks; Country Director of Plan International, Ms Sharon Kane; and Country Director of The Asia Foundation, Mr Michael DiGregorio. - The agreement was signed Friday, August 9, 2019 at the Hanoi Hilton Opera.
- The partnership will benefit REACH by developing industry relevant and internationally recognised qualifications for eligible students.-- This arrangement was made possible with assistance from the Australian Volunteers Program.

Hanoi, Vietnam--August 9 2019--Executive Director of REACH Vietnam, Tam Pham Thi Thanh, has today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Chisholm Australia bringing the prospect of international certification to students at REACH’s training schools closer than ever before.

The agreement was signed at the Hanoi Hilton by CEO of Chilsholm, Mr Stephen Varty, and Executive Director of REACH Vietnam, Ms Tam Pham Thi Thanh, and witnessed by The Australian Ambassador, Her Excellency, Ms Robyn Mudie. 

It really is an exciting thing to be happening,” said Ms Thanh. “We’ve worked very hard to develop quality courses that meet international standards and to finally be on the path to receiving this kind of acknowledgement really feels great!

Chisholm was equally enthusiastic.

We are looking forward to combining our skills and expertise with REACH Vietnam to further the great work they do which contributes so positively to the Vietnamese community. We’re eager to get the program underway and support the next generation of Vietnamese hospitality graduates,” said Jennie Dehn, General Manager International Project Development at Chisholm. 

The project was a joint initiative made possible by Leanne Dowler, a volunteer with the Australian Volunteers Program (AVP) a long standing partner of REACH.

The Australian Volunteers Program has been supporting REACH since we began back in 2008,” said Ms Thanh. “This is yet another way that the organisation has been able to create lasting change in Vietnam and further assist disadvantaged Vietnamese youth. It really is incredible!”

The MOU will form the framework for what promises to be a long lasting and fruitful relationship between the two educational institutions.

We couldn’t be happier,” said Ms Thanh. “Chisholm is a wonderful institution and what they are doing for REACH Vietnam really is amazing!”


REACH is a Vietnamese nonprofit organization specializing in vocational training, career advice, and job placement services for disadvantaged Vietnamese youth. REACH has six locations around Vietnam and trains over 1000 young people annually. These students include young people who have grown up in poverty, who are living with disabilities, and victims of human trafficking among many others. 


Over ten years REACH has trained over 16,000 young people between the ages of 16 and 30. Of those, we have placed more than 80% in stable in employment and REACH graduates earn almost 20% more than the national minimum wage. 

About Chisholm

Chisholm has been leading the way in providing quality education and training throughout Victoria, nationally and overseas since 1998. Chisholm exists to inspire success and transform lives, with over 36,000 students annually across its eight campus locations, including online and in the workplace.

Chisholm offers almost 900 certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, graduate certificate, degree and short courses. Chisholm also serves one of Victoria’s most culturally diverse and fastest growing regions in southeast metropolitan region of Melbourne with campuses in Dandenong, Frankston, Berwick, Cranbourne, Springvale, Mornington Peninsula and Bass Coast, as well as online and in the workplace.

Chisholm is the largest apprenticeship training provider in Victoria aiming to provide quality, practical education and that can enhance the social and economic futures of individuals, industry and communities.

About the Australian Volunteers Program

The Australian Volunteers Program is framed by and contributes to Australia’s Aid Policy and Foreign Policy White Paper, and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The program is delivered to reflect Australia’s membership on the Human Rights Council. The program is part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) people-to-people program portfolio, connecting Australians to Australia’s aid program and the Indo-Pacific region.


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