Passerelles Numeriques (PN) takes a holistic approach to providing IT training for underprivileged youth. PN delivers a 2-year course of technical and practical training to teach students IT skills that are focused on employability. The curriculum is continuously updated in order to meet market demand and employers’ needs. In addition to technical IT training, PN provides students with general business training, including in English language, soft skills, and “professional life” (e.g. general business knowledge, professional behavioral skills etc.) PN complements its IT and business skills training with two other components to its programs: student support as well as career guidance. As the majority of PN students come from rural and economically vulnerable areas, PN provides its students with resources such as housing, financial support, medical care, health insurance, bicycles for transport, and learning materials throughout the training period. Similarly, students receive mentorship and counseling throughout the program. PN provides its students with career guidance and assists them with finding internships and jobs through what is known as the Company Office department. PN works closely with its alumni network and its partner companies in order to provide career guidance and employment opportunities to its students.
In Cambodia, PN’s founding location, PN runs its own center and has developed its own curriculum that is recognized by the government as being equivalent to a university degree. It provides a 2-year training to become an IT technician in System and Network Administration or Web Programming. PN also collaborates with Digital Divide Data in Cambodia to deliver a 6-month training program in Data Management Operation. In Vietnam and the Philippines, PN partners with local universities (University of Danang in Vietnam and University of San Carlos in the Philippines) to deliver its IT training programs. PN employs a rigorous selection process for its students. Following information sessions regarding PN’s training programs, student applicants are required to sit written exams in mathematics, logic, and English, in addition to going through an individual interview with PN staff to assess their maturity and motivation level. Finally, PN conducts interviews to determine students’ socio-economic status and to ensure that the most under-privileged students are admitted.
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CEI approaches in actionDeliveryChains or Networks of schools/centersStudent supportEnglish language21st century skills (soft skills)
Model details2005Not-for-profitInformation and Communications Technology (ICT)English language21st century skills (soft skills)ActiveLong-term projectFree service or product48647%53%
PN uses a multi-step process for selecting its students and ensuring that they come from the most disadvantaged backgrounds. PN selection teams will visit candidates' families to verify that they meet PN's financial criteria. Through these visits, PN collects information on applicants' family income, capital, how many other children are in the family, etc. This information is also confirmed with local authorities to ensure PN is serving students most in need.
Alumni: Cambodia: 455, Vietnam: 27, Philippines: 24
PN opened its first training center in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, in 2005 with an initial cohort of 25 students. In 2007, 20 students graduated in Cambodia from PN's Systems and Network Administration Training program. In 2008, PN launched a new training program in Data Management Operation, in partnership with Digital Divide Data, a social business in the digitization sector. In 2009, PN expanded its program to Cebu in the Philippines, and was at that time reaching 250 students in Cambodia. 2010 saw the launch of PN in Vietnam with an initial batch of 30 students. PN currently enrolls 200 students in Cambodia, 117 students in Vietnam, and 169 students in the Philippines.
PN hopes to expand its existing programs as well as potentially launch new programs in other Southeast Asian countries in the future.
Monitoring & EvaluationYes
PN collects data on the number of students receiving employment upon completing the training programs, and their salary levels. Additionally, PN conducts surveys among its alumni to collect data on what proportion of their incomes alumni give back to their families, as well as to what extent alumni volunteer in social programs upon graduating and have an interest in giving back to their communities. Finally, PN measures its impact on other training programs in the region, by looking at the extent to which it collaborates with other training programs and influences the quality of training and education locally.Ability to reach the poorGraduation or promotion ratesEmployment ratesOtherPost-graduation salary levelNo
Cambodia: 92% within 2 months (05,2013), Vietnam: 82% within 2 months (10,2012), Philippines: 100% within 2 months (03/2012)
Average salary of graduates: Cambodia: $150/month, Vietnam: $160/month