Trading Up: BN Vocational School - Giving China’s Marginalized Youth a Shot at Success

Aug 18, 2017 | by
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By providing free-of-charge vocational education to the disenfranchised children of migrant workers and ethnic minorities, BN Vocational School (BNVS) has helped to improve their career prospects — and meet the growing need for well-trained and confident workers in China's burgeoning services sector.

Since its first Beijing school was founded in 2005, BNVS has expanded to nine branches inthe cities of Chengdu, Nanjing, Sanya, Wuhan, Zhengzhou, Dalian, Yinchuan, and Lijiang — and now one far from home, in Luanda, Angola. The Angolan branch has embarked upon a program of vocational training that has been tried and tested by 2,500 underprivileged young people from across China who have graduated from the BNVS network, armed with a set of vocational skills to help them navigate their way through the country's competitive labor market.

From its inception, BNVS has offered the option of free vocational training to those who might otherwise lack the opportunity to continue their education. The organization's original focus was on the children of low-income migrant workers, whose movement from the countryside to the cities has underpinned China's remarkable urbanization story.