HA NOI — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung affirmed yesterday that the development of education and vocational training was one of the most important policies for Viet Nam's transition to an industrial country by 2020.
|Students learn how to use a lathe at the Viet Nam-Korea Vocational College. According to Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, the vocational training sector hopes to train 34 million labourers by 2020. — VNA/VNS Photo Huu Viet
He made the statement at a meeting held to gather expert opinions on draft strategies for education and training, and vocational training development policies in the 2011-2020 period.
The vocational training sector aims to increase the number of trained labourers to 40 per cent of the workforce by 2015 and 55 per cent by 2020, equivalent to 23.5 million and 34.4 million people, respectively.
About 9.6 million labourers would be trained during the 2011-15 period and an additional 12.9 million would receive training from 2016-20. About 190 vocational colleges with 51,000 lecturers will be ready to train new labourers by 2015.
The draft strategy for vocational training chalked out nine solutions to reach these targets. Three of the targets, including renewing State management over vocational training, developing a network of vocational training schools and developing quality assurance measures, were considered the key elements.
At the meeting, some experts said that apart from the three key solutions as mentioned, the connection between vocational schools, labour markets and entrepreneurs should be clarified to assure labourers could meet needs.
Centre to help farmers
Lam Dong — Coffee farmers in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong will be able to obtain international certification, improve their capacity and increase their incomes with support from a new vocational training centre that opened on Wednesday.
Located in the Bao Loc town, the centre was put into operation by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector funding arm of the World Bank, in collaboration with the ECOM group, one of the biggest coffee corporations in the world.
Equipped with a modern laboratory and information on updated sustainable agricultural development models, the centre aims to train around 4,000 local farmers in the next three years.
IFC and ECOM have already set up vocational training centres for farmers in several major coffee production areas around the world, starting from central America in 2007.
"The centre will help us to attain better quality for coffee as well as improve the living standards of farmers," said Jean Christopher Mani, an ECOM representative.
"IFC and ECOM share the same concerns - to strengthen links between farmers and the global coffee supply chain to boost Viet Nam's coffee industry," said Simon Andrews, IFC director for Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Viet Nam.
It is expected that around 50,000 coffee households, who are not yet customers of ECOM, will indirectly benefit from technical and financial documents at the centre, as well as market and pricing information that it disseminates. — VNS
Others said that enlarging vocational training models, improving infrastructure and techniques for vocational centres by mobilising different investment sources and increasing the ability of these centres should be included in the strategy.
For the draft education and training strategy, experts said it should solidify solutions to improve morale among teaching staff, enhance investment sources and develop a specific roadmap for examinations, especially university entrance examinations.
In response to these opinions, PM Dung said the development of education and training and vocational training must result in a skilled labour force to meet the demand of key economic sectors and serve the nation's economic restructuring.
He instructed the ministries of Education and Training, and Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs to adjust and complete the draft strategies soon. — VNS