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Residents remain unconvinced about benefits of rural training

Update: June, 19/2015 - 09:43
Out of 121 workers trained to produce hand-knit crafts, only 21 were able to secure orders from local companies. — Photo

BA RIA-VUNG TAU (VNS) — Vocational training programmes in rural areas of the southern Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province still leave much to be desired despite efforts by the provincial authorities.

Designed as a social programme to help residents fight poverty, the training scheme has seen a less-than-enthusiastic response from local residents who are not convinced they will be able to find a decent job after training.

A number of local authorities are reported to be still run training classes for jobs that are no longer in high demand. Authorities are also said to have failed to get feedback on what skills should be included in the programme.

Out of 121 workers trained to produce hand-knit crafts, only 21 were able to secure orders from local companies. Another project to make handmade bead jewellery had to stop as the market became too saturated, according to the province's Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs.

Another negative factor was a lack of co-ordination among local authorities who failed to work together to create a scheme to satisfy all the province's training needs.

The length of the courses were also said to be too short and only covered the basics for job training. As a result, workers were not able perform well when they were hired.

The programme was often interrupted during agricultural harvest seasons as workers often preferred to work temporary jobs in the field rather than attend classes.

Local authorities lacked the manpower to maintain staff in charge of the programme and were unable to provide workers with any job guidance after they completed their training.

Statistics show more than 14,000 workers were trained under the programme from 2011 to 2014. Of these, about 8.727 were about to find jobs, based on a departmental report.

The department's director Le Thi Trang Dai said a comprehensive review would be made to improve the programme. It would include focusing on training for high-demand jobs and areas with high unemployment rate. — VNS

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