Quat co-operates to train workers
QUANG NGAI — The acute
shortage of skilled workers at the Dung Quat economic zone in Quang Ngai central
province has led local authorities and foreign investors to join hands to train
a qualified workforce.
Nguyen Hoang Son, vice
chairman of Quang Ngai Province’ s People’s Committee, said that an
estimated 55,000 labourers, particularly highly-skilled ones, are needed to meet
the developing Dung Quat EZ through 2010, which poses a challenge to the local
According to Dung Quat EZ
authority’ s head Tran Le Trung, 10 heavy-industry plants in oil refinery,
petrochemicals, metallurgy and shipbuilding are to begin operations soon in the
EZ, that will employ around 25,000 technical workers.
The EZ now badly needs
construction engineers, as well as supervisors, high-level welders and
interpreters. Also in high demand are work quality management engineers and
mechanics to build the oil refinery, he added.
Dung Quat Shipbuilding
Factory is planning to recruit large numbers of skilled labourers, particularly
this July when it embarks on building a 10,000-tonne oil tanker named Dung Quat
1 to be launched in 2007.
Dung Quat Shipyard
Industry Co.’ s deputy general director Dinh Tien Dung said Viet Nam’ s
fledgling shipbuilding sector is doing its utmost to attract qualified personnel
with many incentives on offer.
Four wood processing mills
under the Sai Gon-Dung Quat sub-industrial zone presently want to employ over
200 engineers and skilled technical workers to manipulate state-of-the-art
Tran Ngoc Chau, principal
of Dung Quat Vocational Training School, said that his facility is investing
more in modern training equipment and linking up with other institutions to
impart vital knowledge for labourers tailored to the EZ.
The Ministry of Labour ,
Invalids and Social Affairs has recently agreed to upgrade the school to the
Dung Quat Vocational Training College that will train up to 3,000 students and
receive US$5 million in financial assistance each year from 2007-10.
The Danish Government has
decided to provide the school with new equipment this year worth $5 million from
its official development aid while Chinese-owned Technip group donated $100,000
to help train high-level welders.
The group’ s Vice
President in the Asia-Pacific region, Dominique Perffeit, said that though
currently under construction, Dung Quat oil refinery still needs some 2,000
high-grade welders and 15,000 more experts, engineers and workers in the future.
Another foreign investor,
the Taiwanese-owned steel group Tycoons has co-operated with the school to train
3,666 labourers to work at the more - than-$1-billion Dung Quat EZ-based steel
smelting plant in its first phase.
Under the project, Dung
Quat school will be responsible for providing basic vocational training while
the Tycoons group will provide theory and practice.
Chen Cheng Li, the plant’s
executive manager said that the group plans to select engineers and skilled
workers from Ha Noi, Da Nang and Dung Quat Vocational Training School to be
trained in Viet Nam before sending them on to China to create a highly-qualified
human resource pool for the plant.
More recently, Dr. Sandra
Engel of the US-based Mohawk Valley Community College said that his college
would take active measures to generate a stable labour force for Dung Quat EZ
and other IPs in the province.
According to the Dung Quat
EZ authority, 10 projects in the light industry and service sectors with total
registered capital of VND448.8 billion ($28.1 million) have come into operation
in the first half of this year, creating jobs for nearly 3,000 labourers.
The EZ’s service and
industrial output value has reached VND260 billion ($16.3 million) while its
export revenue posted $8.4 million, contributing VND244.55 billion ($15.3
million) to the State budget. — VNS