The Societe Generale Corporate Foundation for Solidarity has supported the Passerelles numériques project in Vietnam since 2013. The project aims to encourage the socio-professional integration of disadvantaged Vietnamese high-school graduates through social support and training in IT technician roles combined with English lessons.
In partnership with the local public university (Da Nang University), the training centre created in 2010 by Paserelles Numériques in Da Nang offers a two-year qualifying training course which meets the needs of employers and leads to a diploma recognised by the Vietnamese Ministry of Education. In 2015, the Paserelles Numériques Vietnam centre received a total of 144 students: 28 students at the end of their studies and employable from October 2015, 56 in their second year and a new intake of 60 students from September.
The students receive comprehensive support from when they are admitted to when they find a job, via technical training, personal development support, preparation for working in a company and a number of work placements. Three Societe Generale Singapore employees organised financial education workshops ("Workshop Bank and Finance") for the young people at the centre in late October 2015. The event was very well received by the 1st year students who showed keen interest and actively participated in the workshops. It was also very enriching for the teachers at the centre who were able to broaden their knowledge of Banking and Finance while assuming the role of facilitators and translators.
Missions have been envisaged for 2016, with enthusiasm on both sides. The topics are still to be defined, but will probably target the 2nd year students, which will facilitate communications in English between the volunteers and students.