In-School Training Programme

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Programme overview

Youth Connect Foundation works with partner schools in Mae Sot, where Youth Connect Foundation trainers deliver our curriculum to students during their last year of high school, as part of a post-10 program, or an alternative education programme for young adults. Students receive instruction in the core subjects of the Youth Connect Foundation curriculum: Practical Thai and Life Skills.

The need

Just like all young adults about to graduate from school or looking for a way to better their lives, our students are faced with the same question: “What next?” The young adults we serve typically face additional barriers, such as a lack of documentation that makes them vulnerable to exploitation, as well as an unfamiliarity with Thai language and culture that inhibits their integration into the Thai workforce.

Youth Connect Foundation’s goal is to help students overcome these obstacles.

After months of research and more than 380 interviews, Youth Connect (now Youth Connect Foundation) developed its curriculum to help students in their biggest trouble areas: Thai, maths, inter-personal and critical thinking skills. The  In-School Training focuses on Life Skills such as decision-making and communication, practical maths, and Practical Thai. These courses give our students skills to make them more competitive in whatever they choose to do after high school.

Our training methodology

  • trainers conduct classes in the students’ normal classrooms in our partner schools every day
  • classes are integrated into the students’ normal school schedule, and are required for all students in their final year
  • trainers focus on teaching the content of the curriculum, but also closely monitor students’ attitudes, participation and attendance
  • a monitoring system is in place to identify struggling students. When trouble arises, Youth Connect Foundation trainers meet with students to identify the problem and develop a plan to overcome the issue by assisting them to make informed choices and understand the consequences of their decisions.
  • trainers enforce the same expectations with students in the classroom that a future employer will have: punctuality, attendance, and positive participation

This system is integral to our selection process for the next step in the Transitions programme (Intensive Training and Apprenticeship Program), which is open to all students who have successfully completed the In-School Training.

For more pictures and video from past and present In-school training visit the YCF Galleries.

Transition Program: Step Two

See our Certificate-of-Excellence winning employment hub for students finishing the Transitions Program.

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