Vocational Training and Job Placement
The vocational training and job placement program strives to provide at-risk young women with an occupational skill that gives them better economic stability. These skills also serve as an additional safeguard against trafficking risks. Since 2005, we have supported vocational classes and provided life skills training for 838 young women.
Our continued commitment to developing sustainable vocational opportunities have expanded into numerous vocational training courses including: cosmetology, culinary skills, embroidery, craft/mat weaving, industrial sewing, and childcare.
The support we provide continues into the critical job placement period, 6-12 months after graduation. This allows us to help women increase their job retention, establish independent lives, and promote responsible fiscal habits. We help to locate stable housing, supplement initial months of income, and contribute matching funds into Individual Development Accounts to encourage savings.
Funded by Chefs Without Borders (San Francisco, CA), 34 young women enrolled in the highly regarded and rigorous 6-month culinary program at the Saigon Tourist School in Ho Chi Minh City in 2011. All participants have now completed the program, some graduating with highest marks, and are now interning or working in various hotels and restaurants.