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Vocational training key to Ben Tre development

Update: May, 29/2015 - 08:24
About 19 vocational training centres receive 9,000 workers annually, and focus on skills such as accounting, working as a tourist guide, electrical repair work and information technology, as well as driving and garment making. — File Photo

BEN TRE (VNS) — The Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta Province of Ben Tre is focusing on training skilled workers to meet the enterprises' demand for labour to help social and economic development.

The province has more than 79,000 people of working age, with 35,000 or 44.4 per cent in rural areas.

About 19 vocational training centres receive 9,000 workers annually, and focus on skills such as accounting, working as a tourist guide, electrical repair work and information technology, as well as driving and garment making.

However, workers receiving proper jobs after training account for just 14 per cent.

The shortage of skilled workers is a problem faced by several enterprises.

At a meeting held to find solutions to develop workers' skills on Tuesday, Director of Planning and Investment Department Nguyen Truc Son said vocational training centres lacked close co-ordination with enterprises in training workers. The enterprises should also help students to access modern equipment to improve their skills, because the training centres lack such facilities, he said.

Son added that many graduates could not meet the demand of enterprises due to shortage of skills.

Companies wasted their time and money to re-train their employees again.

It is estimated that at least 8,000 workers will be needed by the end of this year in industrial zones.

Nguyen Van Nuoi, a representative of industrial zones' management board, proposed that vocational training centres should co-operate with companies in training skilled workers to meet the companies' demand.

At the meeting, an official of the Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs also said the training should ensure quality, quantity and proper skills, as per the demand of the labour market.

In addition, awareness about activities organised for career training for students and local residents should be increased, an official said.

Deputy Chairman of the provincial People's Committee Tran Ngoc Tam said the Planning and Investment Department should review the list of career training sessions and predict the labour requirement linked to the enterprises' demand. — VNS

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