Worldwide, 54 SOS vocational training centres provide accredited skills and certified qualifications in a wide range of trades from engineering, computing, office management and commerce to plumbing, agriculture, metalwork, printing and catering. Courses are constantly adapted to deliver the most up-to-date curricula relevant to regional labour markets. The centres also work closely with local employers to offer careers advice, work placements and, where possible, ensure progression from learning to earning.
Scale of the youth skills challenge
Sabir’s drive to succeed
When his father died, Sabir left school to support his mother and younger brothers in a slum district of Dhaka, Bangladesh.
“I didn’t want to be a labourer like my father – I really wanted to do a decent job.”
He enrolled at the local SOS vocational training centre to train as a car mechanic. After 21 months in college and a further three months learning on-the-job at a motor service centre, he impressed his employer and secured a permanent post.
Tailored training for Tashi
Tashi was eight when she was sent with her elder sister to India from Tibet – it was the last time she saw the rest of her family. Having struggled with academic studies, a textiles course at the SOS vocational training centre in Mussoorie has transformed her life. Next year she will graduate as a tailor in traditional Tibetan clothes and fashion.
“I am so grateful to SOS Children for giving me a chance to learn a useful skill.”
Mark carves out a career
One of six siblings in Zambia whose parents died young, every day without a job was a struggle for Mark. “I came from a poor family in a poor community and had nowhere to go.”
At the SOS vocational training centre in Lusaka he discovered an aptitude for woodwork. This led to a job with a kitchen fi tting company and an ambition to run his own furniture business.
Kamini nurses hope for the future
When she arrived at SOS Children’s Village Rourkela in India, Kamini was a shy ten-year-old still traumatised by her parents’ death in a cyclone. But she went to school, slowly readjusted and moved on to study nursing.
“I want to carry on with my advanced nursing studies and work for five years before settling down.”
After achieving a distinction in her exams, Kamini, by now a confident young woman, was hired by one of the top local hospitals.