BUILDING A GOOD LIFE IN A CHANGING WORLD
Yayasan Pendidikan dan Vokasional Wanita Malaysia (YPVWM) is a non-profit organization registered on the 18 of August, 1999 as a company limited by guarantee and not having a share capital, under the Companies Act, 1965. YPVWM was set up with the objectives among others to create training and educational opportunities for women and youth from the poor and other marginalised groups.
Since its inception, YPVWM has supported and impacted more than 24000 women and youth from diverse social and educational backgrounds with vocational and entrepreneurial skills through its skills training programmes. The sole aim of the training is for women and youth to be employable and empowered to pursue new path and make a difference in their lives.
YPVWM first initiative on the skills development programmes was an outreach programmes created to provide digital literacy training to the rural communities. Working with government agencies and corporate bodies the programme aimed to bridge the digital divide between the have(s) and have- not(s), and between the urban and the rural community. YPVWM’s outreach programme was referred to as the “Program Jarak Jauh Orang Kampung (PJJOK)” or Long Distance Training Programme for the Rural Communities.
Other earlier initiatives was the set-up of vocational skills classes for tailoring, beauty & spa, computer systems and repairs, cooking & baking, and hairdressing to provide new skills to women who were retrenched and unemployed as a result of the 1997-1999 economic crisis. The aim was to help them to earn income through business or income generating activities or be employed in business sectors that require such skills. Besides the vocational skills, skills on the use of ICT, basic management, financial literacy and English communication skills were also introduced to provide entrepreneurial and employment opportunities to women.
YPVWM School of living skills continue to focus on supporting women and youth through vocational and entrepreneurial skills training to help them improve their lives and social well-being. To meet its mission and grow sustainably, YPVWM work closely with programme partners from government agencies, corporate and civil organisations for funding and supports.