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Students to learn green skills for sustainable development

Update: July, 31/2015 - 17:14
Expert train the bar services skills to the students taking hospitality courses at the Reach vocational training centre. — Photo courtesy REACH centre

HA NOI (VNS) — Eight hundred disadvantaged Vietnamese students taking hospitality courses at the Reach vocational training centre will be taught green skills when they return to school in August.

The project, titled Green Skills for Urban Youth, has been organised by non-governmental organisation Plan International Viet Nam and the Reach centre to increase job opportunities at green enterprises nation-wide and to contribute to building a sustainable green economy in Viet Nam.

Green skills, according to experts, are simple tasks that everyone should perform daily to conserve energy and protect the environment.

They help students use chemical substances, water and electricity effectively and economically.

They include turning off anything running on electricity when it is not in use, arranging items in the refrigerator in a way that makes best use of energy and restricting the air-conditioner to a maximum temperature of 26 degrees Celsius.

This pilot project will run for two years with a total budget of VND3.5 billion (US$143,000). In the first phase, it aims to train students to use green skills during courses in managing hotel rooms, providing bar services and preparing cocktails. In its second phase, the project is expected to expand to other job sectors after the two-year pilot program is over.

Two enterprises will take part in the project, allowing students to apply their new green skills while gaining a stable source of revenue.

The courses are also expected to be held online in the long term, so that more students can be trained.

Le Quynh Lan, Plan International's project manager of Reach, said the project was created to support the country's target of sustainable development.

The country faces severe environmental challenges in its economic development. Often ravaged by natural disasters in the summer, Viet Nam is suffering the effects of climate change, which has damaged the economy and people's lives.

Although Viet Nam has the smallest indicator of carbon exhaust in the world (1.2 tonnes per person in 2008), the country has the highest rate of carbon exhaust in Southeast Asia (9.6 per cent).

"The national plan for green growth indicates that green growth is important for sustainable growth. However, the lack of green skills among employees has slowed down the country's development of a green economy," Lan said.

"Labour markets have become more demanding in seeking employees with green skills, so I believe this training is very important," she added.

Recent statistics show that one-third of the enterprises in Viet Nam wanted their employees to be taught about green energy.

Reach is a local Vietnamese non-governmental organisation specialising in vocational training and employment opportunities for Viet Nam's most disadvantaged youth, aged 16-25 years, who live in the cities and neighbouring provinces of Ha Noi, Hue and Da Nang.

Established in 2008, Reach currently runs vocational training courses in six centres across Viet Nam. Since 2004, it has trained more than 10,000 disadvantaged young people. — VNS

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