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Farmers without land to receive work training

Update: October, 02/2015 - 09:08
The most vital goal is to provide them adequate training on sectors other than agriculture and ensure support for them to find jobs in their localities. Photo molisa.gov.vn

HA NOI (VNS) — Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs has said it is planning to provide vocational training and employment priorities including overseas work to labourers whose farm land had been acquired by the Government.

The plan, part of a policy drafted by the MoLISA, will focus on supporting people who used to be farmers and lived off agriculture but have been unemployed since their land was acquired by the Government for other industrial development purposes, the ministry said.

It said the beneficiaries include those households or individual labourers who used to directly do agricultural production or agricultural business on their acquired land.

The beneficiaries will not include those who used to be workers or member of an agricultural state-owned farm, but have retired or quit their jobs, according to the ministry's drafted policy.

The MoLISA has also said it will only provide vocational training courses and job opportunities to labourers who have to meet the requirements.

It said the support will start immediately right after the land is acquired and will last for five years.

First, the beneficiaries should be those who really need vocational training and are aged between 15 and 60 for men and 15 and 55 for women.

Second, they also had to have stayed on their land for at least six months before it was acquired.

Financial support will also be provided to labourers who join primary training courses of less than three months.

Trainees of intermediate vocational courses will also be prioritised to access loans for their study.

The MoLISA said the plan had been opened to the public for discussion on its website.

Debating on solving employment issues for farmers whose land was acquired, Da Van Tien, from the MoLISA's Vocational Training General Department, said to Dan Tri, an online intellectual forum, that most labourers whose lands were acquired are from rural areas and had possessed a very limited education thus vocational training courses for them should contain special curriculum to help them approach full understanding.

Tien said there should be a special training scheme for trainers and trainees so that they can share each others ideas.

He said most of those labourers were farmers and are only qualified for traditional agricultural production. They did not have much knowledge about other sectors, particularly industry and even modern agriculture.

For those trainee groups, the ministry official said, the most vital goal is to provide them adequate training on sectors other than agriculture and ensure support for them to find jobs in their localities.

There should be a rule that vocational training provided to trainees ends only when jobs are ready for them after graduating, Tien suggested.

He requested a contract and co-operation between the training centre with enterprises before organising any training course to avoid financial waste for both trainers and trainees. — VNS

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