Monday, 16 July 2012

Improving Viet Nam’s vocational training system

HANOI, 16 July 2012 – Ways of improving the vocational training system in Viet Nam were discussed in Hanoi today at a seminar organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

Participants noted that the efforts of the Government to reform the vocational training system were starting to pay off, with surveys suggesting that around 80 per cent of workers hired today received vocational training, and more than 70 per cent of trainees from vocational schools were able to find jobs after graduation.

Nevertheless, according to a joint publication by UNIDO and the Government, Viet Nam’s vocational training system is still far from supplying the highly skilled work force industries are looking for. The country also requires closer collaboration between government institutions, academia and the private sector to  guide and shape the vocational training curricula in order to meet the demand of industries.

At the seminar, national and international experts and other stakeholders discussed the status of the vocational training system in Viet Nam, identified challenges, and shared best practices.

The Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, Tran Tuan Anh, invited the international community “to support the Government in overcoming the limitations and speed up vocational training development in Viet Nam to respond to the requirements of industrialization and modernization”.

UNIDO’s technical expert, Manuel Albaladejo, pointed out that “with the growing pace of technological change, the spread of information technologies and the intensification of global competition, the need for specialized technical skills has become even more pressing if Viet Nam is to move up the technological ladder and become more competitive”.

This seminar is part of the programme ‘Building National Capacity in Industrial Diagnosis and Trade Competitiveness Analysis’ being funded by One UN and implemented by UNIDO.

For further information, please contact:

Le Huu Phuc
Deputy Director-General
Department for International Cooperation
Ministry of Industry and Trade
Tel.: +844-22 20 23 60

Patrick Gilabert
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Viet Nam Country Office
Tel.: +844-38 22 44 90

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