One of the toughest challenges at PIO is young people aged from 14-25 years old. At this age, many children and their parents are anxious to find paying work. Losing students at this age means the likelihood of them returning to school is very slim. We have developed vocational training programs to encourage these students to learn a lifelong income earning skill.
The PIO Dressmaking Training program was established in 2010 with sponsorship from Le Thi Mckeon. In this 10 month course we teach skills that allow our girls to find work in a dressmaking shop or to start their own business.
In 2012, there were 18 students from very poor surrounding communities who enrolled and graduated from the PIO dress-making program. In 2014 PIO has received support from Maybank who are sponsoring 10 places in the class for this year.