One of the greatest challenges facing people with disabilities in Vietnam is finding and maintaining rewarding jobs. All too often people with disabilities are the last hire, and the first fired.
To help address this problem, VNAH, in partnership with the Government of Vietnam, the United States Department of Labor (USDOL) and the Japanese Nippon Foundation, is implementing mutually reinforcing projects that directly aimed at increasing employment for people with disabilities.
At the national level the project funded by the USDOL will examine laws and policies related to employment to assure they are most effective and efficient. In addition, the project strives to improve the knowledge and attitudes of potential employers on the advantages of hiring people with disabilities and to train Government of Vietnam officials at the local level so they can assist people with disabilities find rewarding employment. The project is also testing model job training and employment scheme.
At the grassroots level, the Nippon Foundation-funded project provides hands on vocational and skill training for people with disabilities in Danang City and surrounding areas. The assistance is not limited to technical training, but opportunities for employment are offered to graduated trainees by either the private sector business or a government-sponsored program. The opportunities for employment are a key elements in the projects partnership between the Danang City’s department of labor and social affairs and private sectors, where they work together to find gainful employment for people with disabilities. In just over one year of operation, the project has assisted over 100 people with disabilities in Danang City to learn a skill and, with that new skill, move into a rewarding job.