The British Council in collaboration with the Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CSIE) of the National University of Economics jointly launch Vietnam Youth for Social Innovation – a programme aiming at initiating long-term connections between UK skills training institutions and Vietnam’s new blooming generation of social and creative enterprises, and higher education institutions.     

Within the scope of this programme, we aim to develop and deliver a series of training of trainers to social and creative professionals in skill areas that respond to the need of engaging social innovation in addressing community issues. These trainers will cascade training to university students, and social and creative entrepreneurs, including those from marginalised and disadvantaged groups and ethnic minority groups, to enhance their employability and positive social engagement. The training programme will be coupled with a number of social action projects initiated and run by local social and creative entrepreneurs, which offer a practical ground for application of new skills learnt, as well as to create positive social impact and further community engagement. The programme also looks at creating long-term impact by integrating these training materials into training programmes for social innovation at higher education institutions.

The programme will be jointly implemented with a consortium of partners, including the University of Northampton, UK, VN-UK  Institute for Research and Executive Education  (VN-UK), Da Nang University, the Vietnam National Institute of Arts and Culture Studies, Nguyen Tat Thanh University, Thai Nguyen University, and Da Nang Business Incubation Centre. 

Call for participants

We are seeking excellent candidates who are academic experts in social enterprise, creative hub workers committed to making positive social impacts through innovation, and social entrepreneurs, to join the programme and support its aims. The 20 most successful participants will be invited to engage in the following activities.

1. Training of trainers

Participants will join two professional development training courses:

  • Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship:  A training course jointly delivered by University of Northampton and VN-UK. The focus of the training will be on entrepreneurial skills for social enterprises and how to hone your teaching entrepreneurship skills. 
  • Creative Enterprise and Community Leadership:  A training course with two components, with the first focusing on creative enterprise business model and management skills and the later on leadership skills necessary for working with community and other social projects. The course will be delivered by the British Council and trusted partners in creative social enterprise and Active Citizens. 

Participants can expect to receive quality training content covering the areas of:

  • Social Innovation
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship in the Cultural and Creative Industries
  • Community Leadership 
  • Teaching Skills in Entrepreneurship and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Coaching and Mentoring Skills

Both training courses will be for one week, to be organised at a central location in Hanoi during November and December 2017. The first training session will be from 7 November to 12 November 2017 in Hanoi.

As part of the activity, all participants will be invited to attend the International Conference on Social Innovation in Hanoi on 10 November 2017 for further professional and network development. 

Expected outcomes:

  • All participants take part in all sessions of both trainings to fully benefit from training content
  • All participants have access to training materials and the right to re-use these materials in future training activities
  • All participants will receive completion of training certificate jointly issued by the British Council and CSIE
  • All participants will be connected to a network of international and local trainers and scholars in social innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Selected participants will be nominated and contracted to conduct cascade trainings for members of their organisations/communities. 

* For participants from outside of Hanoi, all associated costs will be covered by the programme. 

2. Cascade training

Participants of the Training of Trainers will be invited to develop and present a plan to cascade training content to members of their organisations and communities. Most successful plans will be awarded a contract and financial support from the programme for implementation. The cascade trainings should be organised no later than March 2018 in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Da Nang City.

Expected outcomes:

  • Up to 15 individual plans to cascade training content, which clearly specify a recruitment, training delivery (including adaptation of training materials) , communication, impact evaluation, and budget details. Each cascade training plan is expected to include 15-20 participants, with a budget to cover training logistics costs. 
  • Up to 15 cascade training sessions will be delivered in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Da Nang City, benefiting up to 300 members of civil social organisations and the communities, including students and members of disadvantaged communities. 

3. Vietnamese Youth for Social Innovation Challenge

The British Council in collaboration with CSIE and partners will launch the Vietnamese Youth for Social Innovation Challenge. The goal of this activity will be to engage young students, socially engaged individuals, and entrepreneurs in generating ideas that respond to social challenges in the communities, especially more underprivileged and marginalised communities. 

All participants will commit to motivating members of their organisations and communities in responding to this Challenge, and to providing mentorship and coaching for those who enter the Challenge. All participants will also be invited to be part of the Board of Jury of the Challenge.

The Challenge is planned to open in February and conclude in May 2018.

Expected outcomes:

  • High level of response to the Challenge, especially from those who take part in the cascade training and those who come from same organisations/communities of the participants
  • Quality innovative entries to the Challenge 
  • Engagement with the wider network and the private sector to motivate financial support as reward for the winners of the Challenge.

To apply, please send you application to by 24 October 2017. 

Your application should include:

1. A letter of interest expressing your suitability and commitment to join the programme, by demonstrating that you have:

  • at least three years of professional experience
  • either a proven track record or an interest and/or quality for developing professionally as a trainer for adults
  • experience in entrepreneurship, social and creative business, and community social projects
  • English proficiency is an advantage.

2. Your CV 

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview. Successful candidates will be informed by 31 October 2017. 

For more information, contact: Ms. Bui Thi Le, 0974749018 or email to