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Uni grads face high unemployment

Update: September, 30/2015 - 08:15
A worker is maintaining the 200kV Ha Tinh-Dong Hoi electricity network to ensure stable electricity supply for central provinces. Viet Nam must strive to improve human resources in prioritised sectors — VNA/VNS Photo Ngoc Ha

HA NOI (VNS) — Recent statistics from the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs highlight that the nation has issues to tackle in its development of human resources.

Unemployment amongst graduate and post-graduate workers in Viet Nam jumped from 162,000 to 178,000 in the first three months of the year. The national unemployment rate is at 2.43 per cent, yet workers with college degrees are facing the highest unemployment rate of 7.2 per cent.

These numbers were mentioned at the Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM)'s conference held in Ha Noi yesterday, where attendees discussed measures to better develop the nation's human resources.

Speaking at the conference, CIEM Deputy Director Nguyen Thi Tue Anh said that Viet Nam had to improve human resources in prioritised sectors, arguing that a sustainable economy is premised on strong human resources.

Toma Massaski from the Japanese Embassy in Viet Nam underscored that the Vietnamese Government needed to pay attention to education quality, and especially by identifying fields that require advanced qualifications and technology.

He stressed that a high-quality work force would play a crucial role in increasing productivity and furthering the nation's industrialisation. He advised starting out in key sectors where workers and employers are relatively harmonised.

Dr. Nguyen Van Thanh from the Ha Noi University of Industry recommended that the Government supplement and complete regulations to encourage collaboration between universities and enterprises. He advised that enterprises should be encouraged to join in vocational training efforts with preferential tax and land use policies.

Increasing private-university partnerships, attendees agreed, could help solve the challenging unemployment breakdown.— VNS

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