HCM CITY (VNS)— Under the scorching sun in a rice field in Central Highland Gia Lai Province, four ethnic minority youths repair a mechanical plough.
Dinh Xen, one of the four, said they had dismantled the machine to repair and clean it.
Xen and the other three, Dinh Khup, Dinh Den and Dinh Tham, of De Ba village in KBang District, can now repair farm implements after attending a training course organised by the province's Job Services Centre.
In the past the locals had to look for mechanics from elsewhere to repair broken agriculture machinery.
Similarly, Nguyen Thi Thanh Tam of Tu Chrang village in the district grows mushrooms after attending a training course organised by the local commune.
"I liked learning how to grow mushrooms because the farming techniques are simple and materials for growing mushrooms are available here," she said.
"I can earn extra income from growing mushrooms."
Tam and Xen are among thousands of youths in Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) provinces to have been provided with vocational training in recent years. A majority of them belong to ethnic minorities.
Since 2006 Gia Lai has provided training for 25,700 rural workers, according to figures from local vocational training centres. The rate of skilled workers has increased from 11.5 per cent in 2005 to 30 per cent.
Nguyen Tan Thanh, head of the provincial Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs' Vocational Training Division, said the number of ethnic minority youths working for companies has consistently increased.
Gia Lai plans to provide vocational training for around 6,800 rural workers this year, according to its People's Committee.
In Dak Nong Province, more than 9,000 rural workers, mostly belonging to ethnic minorities, have been provided with vocational training since 2008, according to the local Youth Union.
The Dak Nong Intermediate Vocational School, the province's leading vocational school, offers various free courses, including those on farming, animal husbandry, sewing, motorbike and agriculture machinery repair, and others.
The provincial People's Committee supports poor trainees by providing an allowance of VND15,000 a day during their training. Ethnic minority trainees get an extra VND200,000 a month.
Those who live more than 15km from the school are also provided with VND200,000.
Of Dak Nong's 132,000 youths, 27,340 belong to ethnic groups, according to the provincial Youth Union.
Y Quang B'Krong, its secretary, said the union, in co-operation with vocational training centres, would offer more vocational training courses for youths, especially those from ethnic minorities.
It has also worked with local authorities to provide jobs for trainees and loans on easy terms for them to set up their own business, he added. — VNS