World Vision Foundation of Thailand (WVFT) and Citi Foundation have co-hosted the “Market Place and Youth Enrolment in Vocational Institutes” event, part of the implementation of the Empowering Marginalised Youth of Bangkok for Productive Citizenship Programme, Year 3. The activity’s objective is to give the young project participants opportunity to meet with the partner vocational institutes in the fields of their interest, for example, computer repair, big bike repair, dentist assistant, nursing assistant, beauty and salon, IT, dressmaking, spa, Thai food, bakery, and beverage, etc. The event also includes the handover of the educational funds to the youth to support their enrolment in the vocational institutes of their choices. Dr Wimolrat Seesan, Operations Manager (Technical & PNS), WVFT has welcomed the participants and presided over the event at the WVFT Training Centre.
Some of the young project participants joining this event have unveiled their job options and what they’ve benefited by the project.
Chawarn “Dream”, a young man whose dream of becoming an aviation engineer was ended at grade 12 due to his family’s disability to financially support his education, revealed what he has gained from joining the Market Place. He said it has given him better understanding about the vocational course he’s chosen.
“I’ve chosen to learn to be a big bike mechanic.” He revealed the occupation of his choice. He also admitted that having joined the project would give him better economic opportunity than what his current job as a food delivery boy offers.
“I think this project will give me a better job and allow us to build our own business or secure better job opportunity. ”
Meanwhile, Napaporn “Ja” is the main income earner of her family since her father’s passed away and mother’s faced financial problems. She also has a little school-age sister to take care of. Thus, she needs a part-time job after school to provide for herself and her family. In this project, she’s chosen to take a beautician course, focusing on makeup artistry.
“The job seems to applicable to me. As now I’m a college student, I could apply my skills by working as a freelance makeup artist for the graduates who would like to look nice in their commencement ceremony. The job can make me some money while schooling. Once we’ve completed the course, we’re equipped with a set of applicable skills. This is such a good project. I’m so determined to do my best.”
The Empowering Marginalised Youth of Bangkok for Productive Citizenship Programme is one of the projects that are aligned with the organisational strategy, which focuses on age-appropriate development for children in all stages, to equip and empower young people towards productive and fulfilling life through both life skills and occupational skills development and to build their work readiness in the future. WVFT has initiated the project to build the development assets for vulnerable adolescents between 13-24 years, with the emphasis on youth mental, intellectual, and social development under the ‘Youth Ready For Work For Life’ module. The project will prepare these young people to have readiness for employability or entrepreneurship in the fields of their interest which are aligned with the labour market demand, or to pursue higher education, with the support from Citi Foundation for 3 consecutive years.