Trần Thành is 17 years old and is student in Residential & Industrial Electricity at Ho Chi Minh City’s Technical & Economical College. For Trần Thành, who comes from a modest social background, it is the opportunity to find a job quickly, to become an independant person and to provide for himself and his family.

“At the age of 9, we moved to Ho Chi Minh City. We rented a tiny room in a boarding house. My mother is selling lottery tickets to support us. I was interested in electricity so after grade 9 and I decided to do a vocational training major. It’s a way to gain skills, to find a job quickly and tu support my family. After graduating, I know I will be ready to apply for a job.”

The program is supported by Audi. Laurent Genet, General Director at Audi Vietnam Official Importer, explains to us how it is important for him :

“The automotive market is booming and news skills are necessary : mechanic, electromechanic and electricity. We think vocational school is the opportunity for young people to learn the skills of the future. Our workshops in Ho Chi Minh City need to increase their staff with new skills.”

For two years in Vietnam, the IECD has supported two vocational training in Civil and Industrial Electricity and Vehicle Maintenance through the Seeds of Hope program, which is rolled out in five countries.