|Vocational School No 10 organised conferences to counsel soldiers and help them choose specific careers. — File Photo
HA NOI (VNS) — More than 1,000 former soldiers attended Ha Noi's first-ever job fair for veterans.
The fair, held by the Ha Noi Employment Centre on Tuesday, attracted 37 enterprises and vocational schools. It aimed to help veterans overcome the difficulties they faced finding jobs and vocational training.
Several young people who just completed their military service and returned to the locality attended the event.
A lack of information about jobs was the most difficult problem veterans faced, Ha Noi Employment Centre Director Nguyen Toan Phong said at the fair.
However, they had good health, strict discipline and, with some help, opportunities for stable jobs, Phong said.
Luong Van Thien, a soldier taking a course on household electrical repair work at the defence ministry's Vocational School No 10, said he came hoping to find a good job.
"I just want to find a job with a stable salary so I can support my family," Thien said. "I came here to find a job that will suit my abilities after I finish the school's vocational training course."
Sixty per cent of enterprises were looking to recruit workers with skills in welding, electro-refrigeration, industrial electronics, electrical repair work, information technology and labour export.
"You have to spend a lot of time and face some difficulties while looking for suitable jobs if you don't have the skills to find them on your own," said Le Thanh Bang, a veteran in Dong Anh District. "Many young soldiers choose jobs like bodyguard, which have things in common with military service."
Vocational training schools and job fairs played an important role, bridging the gap between soldiers and businesses, said Lieutenant Colonel Bui Vinh Nam, director of Vocational School No 10's consultant and recruitment centre.
Vocational School No 10 organised conferences to counsel soldiers and help them choose specific careers, said Col Dang Minh Quang, the school's principal.
Quang said that during training the school improved co-operation with companies and industries to help soldiers develop skills about job searching.
Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union held a job festival for soldiers in January in HCM City's Cu Chi District.
Nguyen Van Sang, deputy director of the HCM City Vocational Training and Employment Centre, said about 2,000 veterans would be offered jobs by the end of 2015.
In addition, centres in HCM City and other provinces often offered occupational counseling for soldiers.
The provinces that offer the services are: Yen Bai, Tuyen Quang, Thai Binh, Gia Lai, Kien Giang, Ben Tre, Thua Thien-Hue, Ha Tinh, Quang Ngai, Quang Nam and Quang Binh. — VNS