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Update: December, 03/2013 - 10:10
The municipal Department of Education and Training yesterday signed a co-operation agreement with TAFE New South Wales (NSW), Australia's leading vocational education and training provider.— Photo tuoitre

HCM CITY (VNS) — The municipal Department of Education and Training yesterday signed a co-operation agreement with TAFE New South Wales (NSW), Australia's leading vocational education and training provider.

Education Management Group (EMG) Joint Stock Company, a local educational services provider that acted as a bridge between the two sides, was also a signatory.

Pam Christie, managing director of TAFE NSW, said English language development for local vocational teachers and high school students will be a high priority in the first implementation phase of the agreement.

Next year, a three-year pilot programme will be carried out in three vocational colleges in HCM City where TAFE NSW qualifications will be awarded.

These qualifications will provide students with educational pathways and opportunities in both Viet Nam and Australia, she added.

TAFE NSW teachers will visit Viet Nam to provide professional expertise and help local teachers in teaching the courses.

They will also work closely with the local industry to strengthen relationships, develop the training programme further and ensure it is contextualised to meet the needs of the domestic labour market, Christie said.

Adrian Piccoli, New South Wales Minister for Education, who was present at the signing ceremony, said more than 87 per cent of TAFE NSW graduates found jobs or enrolled for further studies.

Satisfaction rates were also very high, with more than 90 per cent of graduates and more than 96 per cent of employers satisfied with the quality of training provided, he said.

The institute works closely with enterprise partners to deliver customised training to increase workforce productivity and improve organisational performance, he added.

Do Quoc Anh, head of the Ministry of Education and Training's HCM City branch, said the agreement will create conditions for students of vocational schools and colleges managed by the HCM City Department of Education and Training to access modern and advanced curricula.

This would improve their qualification and increase their chances of finding jobs after graduating, he said.

During Piccoli's Viet Nam visit, the New South Wales Ministry of Education and Communities will sign a memorandum with the Ministry of Education and Training in Ha Noi in order to strengthen the co-operation in vocational training and improve English skills as well as pedagogic qualification for local teachers. —VNS

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