|YCI graduates receive their certificates at a graduation ceremony held yesterday in Ha Noi. — Photo courtesy of REACH
HA NOI (VNS) — As many as 28 disadvantaged youth have completed a challenging 24-week training programme, under which they underwent more than 750 hours of mentoring and on-the-job training provided as part of the hotels' daily operations. Students work as hotel staff and are rotated through various hotel functions, ranging from security and housekeeping to cooking and luggage services.
The training, provided as part of the Youth Career Initiative (YCI), a United Kingdom-based programme run in partnership by international hotels and local community organisations, equips disadvantaged youth with the skills required to work in the hospitality industry. It targets rural Vietnamese youth who often struggle to access vocational skills training in the countryside.
It is the fifth time top hotel chains have participated in the YCI Vietnam programme, which has been operating in Viet Nam since 2011, and is run in partnership with local vocational training charity REACH. The programme has trained students from a variety of underprivileged backgrounds, such as victims of human trafficking, domestic violence and extreme poverty, as well as disabled youth.
"I've changed so much over the past six months, from having no experience in cooking to being able to hold a knife, prepare food and communicate more confidently," Pham Van Cuong, a resident of Thanh Hoa Province who has been training at Hanoi Hilton Opera Hotel, said.
"I also have a job now. This programme has helped me to develop, take care of myself and support my family better," the 22-year–old said.
REACH Executive Director Pham Thi Thanh Tam said the programme had helped youth from underprivileged groups to gain a foothold in the global hospitality industry.
"The programme provides a high-impact approach, combining on-site training with specialised soft skills, computer and English-language training delivered by REACH," Tam said. "This strategic partnership has allowed us to deliver high-calibre graduates that can work in the most demanding environments."
This year's students trained under the tutelage of senior staff and managers at Ha Noi's most prestigious international hotels, such as the Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Hanoi Opera, Sheraton Hanoi and InterContinental Hanoi Westlake, besides JW Marriott.
REACH expects more than 85 per cent of the students to find suitable employment within six months of graduating, thanks to its job placement programme. — VNS