DA NANG (VNS) — About 16,000 rural young women and men in Phu Tho, Thua Thien-Hue and Quang Nam provinces benefited from the employability component in the Rural Youth Employment Programme between 2012 and 2014.
Director of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Viet Nam, Gyorgy Sziraczki, said this at the final evaluation and dissemination workshop of the programme yesterday.
He said that the programme, run in collaboration with the General Department of Vocational Training, aimed to provide career and vocational guidance to young people and facilitate employment counselling at vocational training centres.
"Viet Nam's unemployment among young women and men is three times higher than the overall rate. Half of unemployed people are young people between the ages of 15 and 24. Unemployment and underemployment rate is particularly high among college or university graduates," Gyorgy said.
"We have also helped vocational training schools present themselves better as well-connected, well-performing training providers attractive to both students and parents," he said.
"These schools can help young people to find productive employment opportunities in their homeland rather than moving away to urban areas and industrial centres."
Duong Duc Lan, Director-General of the General Directorate of Vocational Training, said the programme was the base for a marketable curriculum for vocational training centres.
"It helps connect businesses and labour training centres in educating a skilled labour force. Final-year students at junior and high-schools need basic skills and knowledge on labour before selecting a suitable vocational training programme," Lan said.
He suggested that the ILO and other sponsors develop the programme in other provinces.
The programme has received US$300,000 backing from the Government of Luxembourg.
Nguyen Huong Tra, ILO's National Programme Coordinator, said the programme had provided information on soft skills, including entrepreneurship development tools, the law on labour and job availability for teenagers.
"Students will be able to get advice on job-training choices that meet their abilities. They should also be able to start their own businesses after career-training courses at local centres," Tra said.
She said 80 per cent of high-school student in rural areas of three provinces had received job consultancy before graduation.
Nguyen Tran Huu Nghia, from Quang Nam province, said he decided to join the provincial Culture, Arts and Tourism College after a vocational pre-graduation consultancy from the programme.
"It was the right choice. I recognised that I could not enter university, but I was able to pass the exams for the college's faculty of Music Teacher Training," he said.
Ngo Thanh Tai, manager of a garment company in Quang Nam Province, complained that vocational training centres were not able to meet his demand of skilled workers.
"We wasted time providing skills training for labourers at centres, but their training programmes were inadequate," Tai said.
"There needs to be a connection between businesses and centres to create a smooth outcome for vocational training," he said. — VNS