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More handicapped people receive free vocational training

In Uncategorized on November 10, 2010 at 2:21 am

Vocational training for rural workers

In Uncategorized on August 15, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Vocational training for rural workers

QĐND – Sunday, August 15, 2010, 20:41 (GMT+7)

Government Project 1956 on vocational training for rural workers through 2020 is the biggest ever project targeting rural workers.

Over the past years, the Party and State have developed policies aimed at boosting agriculture and rural development by providing more job opportunities for rural workers. However, there is still a big difference in living standards between urban and rural areas. For this reason, the Government has issued Decision No 1956 approving a project (known as Project 1956) on vocational training for rural workers.

The project focuses on training cadres at communal level and rural workers in both the agriculture and non-agriculture sectors, and raising the quality and efficiency of vocational training to generate jobs and increase income for rural workers. This has contributed to labour and economic restructuring which helps boost the industrialisation and modernisation of agriculture.

The project aims to provide vocational training for around 1 million rural workers and 100,000 communal cadres each year. It is expected that nearly 10 million rural workers and 1 million communal cadres will be trained when the project ends in 2020.

The State has allocated approximately VND26,000 billion from its budget to carry out the project.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) have agreed to make a list of 180 agricultural sectors for which training will be provided at primary levels for rural workers and create vocational training materials for 2010 for 25 popular occupations in three regions across the country.

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan, Head of the National Steering Board for Vocational Training, said the project has set a target to train 1 million rural workers per year over the next ten years. Consequently, it is essential to make drastic changes in labour training and restructuring in rural areas to provide human resources for the process of national industrialisation and modernisation.

According to the MoLISA, by the end of June this year, 44 centrally-run provinces and cities have adopted survey projects and five other provinces and cities finalised their surveys on their vocational training needs.

Nguyen Thi Hang, Director of the Thai Nguyen provincial Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, said her province plans to allocate investment capital to vocational training centres.

The provincial Party Committee has asked Party organisations at all levels to guide vocational training for rural workers. Thai Nguyen has held a conference to implement Project 1956 and basically finalised a survey on its vocational training needs. The province has selected three key districts to carry out the project and the department has estimated the expenses for the project to submit to the provincial Department of Finance. In addition, Thai Nguyen has planned to provide money for vocational training centres to help them purchase material and facilities under the project, said Hang.

Mai Xuan Tri, Deputy Director of the Khanh Hoa provincial Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs pointed out three major difficulties in implementing the project. First, workers in remote and mountainous areas are finding it difficult to choose an occupation to learn. Second, workers in coastal areas also face difficulties arranging time for vocational learning. Third, many rural workers are still hesitant and wondering whether they will be able to find a suitable job after training.

Vu Dinh Khang, Director of Hai Phong City’s Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs said Hai Phong has completed the survey in the two key districts of Vinh Bao and Hai Duong. Vinh Bao is an agricultural district so its economy is restructured slowly while An Duong has experienced rapid urbanisation and has some major industrial parks.

” We will try our best to carry out Project 1956 effectively in these two districts as a pilot model. The model will be replicated in other districts in the near future.”, Khang said.

Nguyen Thi Nham, Chairwoman of the Phuoc Buu Township Farmers’ Association in Xuyen Moc district, Ba Ria-Vung Tau province said that currently, most of the rural workers in Phuoc Buu Township are unskilled. Workers aged over 40 are particularly keen on vocational training despite their low educational level. Phuoc Buu has around 600 agricultural workers needing vocational training but many do not want to learn and do new jobs far from home. The preferential credit loan programme for rural workers in Project 1956 will satisfy only those who have just finished vocational training and want to do agricultural jobs.

Pham Thi Hang, Head of the Section of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs in Kim Dong district, Hung Yen province, underlined the importance of helping workers change their conception of finding jobs after vocational training through disseminating of information. Vocational training centres should introduce jobs with stable incomes. If attention is paid to propaganda activities, vocational training and learning under the project will be implemented more efficiently, Hang noted.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

VN getting $70 mln loans from ADB to improve vocational training

In Uncategorized on July 17, 2010 at 4:48 pm

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said Friday it was providing US$70 million in loans for a Vietnam working skill enhancement project to improve vocational training in priority industries.

The project will fund training programs in public and private vocational colleges in automotive technology, electrical and mechanical manufacturing, hospitality and tourism, information and communication technology, and navigation and shipping industries, all of which currently lack sufficient skilled workers, the Manila-based bank said.

This file photo shows a university graduation ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City. The Asian Development Bank says it is providing US$70 million in loans for a working skill enhancement project in Vietnam. (Photo: Thuy Nguyen)

Around 24,000 students are expected to benefit from the program, with about 25% of them women and members of ethnic minority groups, according to the lender.

“Vietnam’s long-term prosperity and development depends on its increasing competitiveness in regional and global markets, and if it is to expand as an industrialized country, it must develop highly skilled industrial workers,” Wendy Duncan, principal education specialist in ADB’s Southeast Asia Department, said in this Friday statement.

The project will provide management and instructor training to upgrade skills and improve planning and allocation of resources, and will also help develop new curricula and training materials, with support from the industries, according to ADB.

The lender said credit would be also made available to approved private colleges to upgrade their equipment and facilities, with institutions expected to borrow up to US$3 million to US$4 million each.

The project aims to address gender inequity by including programs in information and communication technology, hospitality and tourism where females are well represented.

These $70 million loans come from ADB’s concessional Asian Development Fund. The bank’s assistance includes a regular ADF of $50 million equivalent with a 32-year term and grace period of 8 years, with annual interest of 1% per annum during the grace period, and 1.5% for the balance of the term.

A second 32-year loan of $20 million will be made available for on-lending to private vocational colleges, with an annual interest charge of 2.22% per annum.

The Vietnamese Government will contribute US$8 million for a total project cost of $78 million, ADB said.

The Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs will be the executing agency for the project which is expected to be completed by August 2015.

Source: SGGP

400,000 rural workers to receive vocational training this year

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 8:51 am

400,000 rural workers to receive vocational training this year

QĐND – Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 21:1 (GMT+7)

A total of 400,000 people will benefit from the first year of a vocational training scheme for rural workers until 2020, said the General Department of Vocational Training (GDVT) of the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs.

Around 12,000 of the beneficiaries are disadvantaged rural workers and ethnic people. Eighty percent of them are expected to get jobs after training.

GDVT Deputy Head Cao Van Sam said that three vocational training models are being applied in target areas, which combine job training with the development of existing or new craft villages, and the building of material zones.

The general department has collaborated with enterprises, industrial zones and vocational schools to help rural workers acquire necessary skills to work in industry and services or local industrial and export processing zones.

At a recent conference on vocational training for rural workers in the northern province of Nam Dinh, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan requested that training should be started in all target communes before the end of coming October. All districts must have officials in charge of the task, he said.

The 26 trillion VND scheme, which was approved by the Government in November 2009, aims to provide vocational training to more than 1 million rural workers each year from now until 2020.

According to the ministry, the rate of rural workers receiving vocational training is now standing at 18.7 percent, as against the national rate of 25 percent.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Detox centres focus on vocational training for reformed addicts

In Uncategorized on June 26, 2010 at 4:42 pm

Detox centres focus on vocational training for reformed addicts

QĐND – Saturday, June 26, 2010, 21:17 (GMT+7)

Deputy Prime Minister Truong Vinh Trong has asked detoxification centres across the country to pay due attention to vocational training to help drug addicts reintegrate into the community.

“Only when reformed addicts receive community support to earn a living, will the rate of relapses fall,” Mr Trong said during a fact-finding tour of Social Labour and Education Centre No2 in Nghe An province on June 26.

He said drugs are a threat to humankind, for they erode morality, break up families and cause social disorder. He stressed that drug addiction is also one of the major causes of HIV/AIDS.

He shared challenges officials and staff of the centre face, noting that it’s difficult to help addicts detoxify, but it’s more difficult to prevent them from relapsing.

The Deputy PM asked centre teachers and staff to improve vocational training and help addicts stay away from drugs, reintegrate into community and become good citizens. He also asked the managers to expand production to improve 250 addicts’ daily meals at the centre.

Since 2003, the centre has received 1,656 drug addicts of whom 1,389 have been released back into the community. Most of them have been trained in welding, home electricity maintenance and handicrafts.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Australia shares experiences in vocational training

In Uncategorized on June 3, 2010 at 2:08 am

Australia shares experiences in vocational training

QĐND – Wednesday, June 02, 2010, 21:31 (GMT+7)

Australia’s experiences in college-to-university vocational training were discussed at a seminar in Hanoi on June 2.

Experts from the Vocational Training General Department under the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs and the Australian International Education Agency also analysed challenges that Vietnam is facing during its educational reform, helping both sides define areas of cooperation in the future.

The seminar heard reports on Australia ’s current system which allows those who graduate from vocational training schools to go on with studying at tertiary educational institutions.

According to the participants, college-to-university vocational training offers more opportunities for students to continue their study, which benefits not only students but also recruiters, industries and the whole economy.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Vocational training should reflect market demand: official

In Vietnam Education on January 21, 2010 at 12:57 am

Vietnamese vocational schools will set out to recruit and train 1,748,000 people in 2010, aiming to raise the ratio of skilled workers nationwide to 30 percent. The specific type of training offered should reflect market demand and requirements, said head of the General Department of Vocational Training Nguyen Tien Dung.

Students at the Ho Chi Minh City Vocational College. Career-training institutes and companies need to work together to ensure graduates’ skills meet the needs of employers, said head of the General Department of Vocational Training Nguyen Tien Dung. (Photo: SGGP)

In 2009, around 1.7 million students received some form of vocational training at institutes across the country.

Vocational colleges trained 89,000 students, vocational schools trained 198,000, and vocational training centers trained around 1.42 million students.

However, Mr. Dung said that the quality and effectiveness of the training has so far failed to meet market requirements.

To date, vocational centers and schools have recruited students themselves and held their own examinations. But starting this year, the General Department of Vocational Training will manage and monitor schools’ recruitment policies to increase the quality of students, said the department head.

In addition, the department will spend more time examining the quality of vocational school programs in 2010. While the number of institutes has increased rapidly nationwide, many focus more on the quantity of students rather than the quality of training.

In 2009, 17 more vocational colleges and 50 more vocational schools were established, taking the total tally in Vietnam to 107 and 264 respectively.

The country now has 864 vocational training centers and over 1,000 other vocational establishments.

Mr. Dung said the General Department of Vocational Training had investigated some schools and discovered that there were many problems in recruitment, training, and curriculums.

In addition, the infrastructure of some schools had not kept pace with the number of recruited students.

The department in 2010 will investigate all vocational schools and permit only those who meet infrastructure, teaching, and curriculum standards to continue operating.
Vietnam now has 21,630 vocational teachers, with 3,650 working in vocational colleges, the department said.

Most of the teachers graduated from high school and went on to study at vocational schools. They were then selected for further training in education to become vocational teachers. 

As a result, the quality of many such teachers is not high, the department said.

To improve teaching quality, the department is concentrating on training vocational college teachers to instruct in 188 different fields.

Over the next few years, there will be a new generation of teachers qualified to train students in 188 careers in accordance with market demand, Mr. Dung said.

Companies, schools need better cooperation

Students practice assembling capacitors at the Ho Chi Minh City Vocational College. (Photo: SGGP)

One of the biggest problems nowadays is that vocational graduates report difficulty in finding jobs, while businesses still lack human resources.

Mr. Dung said there are many reasons for this. Some students choose vocational programs for which there are very few actual careers available, while others fail to meet businesses’ skill requirements. Many enterprises report having to retrain workers after hiring them.

Vocational schools should thus cooperate with businesses in specifying what the firms require and train students accordingly, said Mr. Dung.

Training institutes should also be more active in forming relationships with businesses by establishing specialized departments, which would be responsible for calling on companies to participate in the training process.

The General Department says it will soon begin instructing vocational schools to start implementing changes.

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German company helps improve vocational training

In Vietnam Education on November 25, 2009 at 10:45 am

Rober Bosch Vietnam Co., Ltd, a subsidiary of the German-based Robert Bosch GmbH, on November 24 announced its project to help four vocational schools in Vietnam improve their training capacity.

Official of the Robert Bosch Vietnam Co.,Ltd introduces hand-held power tools and teaching accessories to the Can Tho Vocational College.

According to the Saigon Giai phong (Liberated Saigon) daily, under the three-year project, four vocational schools, including the Ho Chi Minh-based Cao Thang Technical College, Hanoi Industrial Vocational College, Da Nang Technology College and Can Tho Vocational College, will receive hand-held power tools and teaching accessories, worth a total of US$120,000.

The company will also organise training courses for the college staff and offered opportunities for students to work in the company.

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Vocational training should be demand driven: conference

In Politics-Society on October 17, 2009 at 3:32 am

Vocational training should be demand driven: conference

QĐND – Friday, October 16, 2009, 20:55 (GMT+7)

Links between vocational training schools and businesses are far too loose for effectively tackling the shortage of skilled labor in the country, experts said at a conference last week.

“Schools and businesses are yet to commit to cooperation,” Le Van Hien, principal of Lilama Vocational College No.2, said.

“Schools train students based on their resources, yet businesses then re-train them in accordance with their needs, which is time-consuming and costly,” Hien said at the conference aiming to collect feedback on the ministry’s draft strategy to develop vocational training by 2020.

The conference was organized last Saturday by the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) in the southern province of Binh Duong.

The draft highlights businesses’ roles in vocational training provided at schools to make it more demand-driven.

“If businesses join the training process by supporting or offering interns training on the job with their advanced machines, graduates’ skills will be improved considerably,” Hien said.

However, it’s hard to have talks with vocational schools to employ their graduates, said Le Phuoc Vinh, director general of the Dong Nai based Nor-Cal Vietnam Company, a mechanical engineering firm.

In fact, last year Vinh contacted a vocational college, asking them to send his company 20 laborers trained in precision engineering – a sub-discipline of mechanical engineering that concerned with designing machines, but received no reply, and the same thing happened when he sent another order to the school in June.

Tran Cong Chieu, head of the human resources department under Vung Tau-based PTSC Mechanical and Construction, pointed out that there were some concerns about students’ internships at businesses as part of the cooperation.

During their internships students often face higher risks of labor accidents than the company’s workers, and regulations about labor safety for interns are “very vague”, Chieu said.

This can partly explain why some businesses are reluctant or refuse to recruit interns, the conference heard.

Other company representatives, meanwhile, said they were willing to join the vocational training process, but wondered if such support can be counted in production costs.

The conference also heard several complaints from businesses about the quality of training provided by schools.

Compared to laborers of other countries in the Southeast Asian region, Vietnamese lag behind in terms of computer, foreign language and soft skills, said Nguyen Van Hung, director of CNC Technology Solutions Joint-stock Company.

“The government needs to make plans and support the training of workers in foreign languages and soft skills,” he said.

Vietnam now has some 400,000 business enterprises, according to the MoLISA’s figures.

A recent report found 11 big groups and companies working here need between 60,000-70,000 laborers a year.

The ministry’s Institute of Labor Science and Society has reported that by 2020 Vietnam will have 57.5 million people of working age; 50 million of these will have jobs, while some 27.5 million will receive vocational training.

Other main aims in the draft strategy, expected to be approved by the Party and the government by the end of the year, include sending 800,000 laborers abroad every year and ensuring 100 percent of these receive vocational training by 2020.

Source: thanhnien

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North central region asked to boost vocational training

In Vietnam Society on September 21, 2009 at 7:46 am

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan on September 19 urged northern central provinces to build more vocational training establishments to meet the increasing demand for high-quality human resources.

A hi-tech welding class at Viet Duc Vocational College in Ha Tinh Province.

Addressing a conference, held in Ha Tinh province on September 19, to promote investment in human resource development for the northern central provinces, Deputy PM Nhan said the number of vocational training schools should be two to four times more than that of universities in the region, which comprises asked Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh and Quang Tri provinces.

The Deputy PM who is also Minister of Education and Training, said the training of local high-skilled workers is a major task to turn the northern central region into a centre for industry, commerce and tourism in the coming years.

He called on businesses to provide financial supports for training establishments and receive trainees for practice periods.

The northern central region has by now attracted US$17 billion in registered capital from foreign investors, ranking third among the country’s eight key economic regions in term of foreign investment attraction.

A series of big domestic and foreign projects are being deployed in the region, prompting need for 391,000 skilled workers by 2015 and 550,000 by 2020.

During the conference, the Ha Tinh university and Formosa group of Taiwan have signed an agreement on metallurgy and business management training cooperation and the Republic of Korea’s Visionland company has inked a deal with the Vung Ang economic zone’s management board on the building of a university and a vocational school in the zone.

Source: SGGP