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City vocational training lacks students

Update: October, 19/2015 - 09:15
A hair dressing lesson at the District 6 Vocational Training Centre in HCM City. The city's vocational training system faces several difficulties, including a lack of students applying to join job-training schools. — Photo fb/trungtamdaynghequan6

HCM CITY (VNS) — HCM City's vocational training system faces several difficulties, including a lack of students applying to join job-training schools, experts have warned.

In the 2014-15 school year only 2,816 junior high school graduates joined vocational schools, or just 3.62 per cent of the total, according to the city Department of Education and Training (DoET).

Another 7,797 senior high school graduates enrolled, accounting for 12.3 per cent of the total.

The city's target is to enrol 30 per cent of junior high school graduates in vocational schools to even out the excessive supply of university graduates and shortage of technicians and skilled workers.

Speaking at a seminar on October 8, To Thi Bich Chau, head of the city People's Council's Culture and Social Affairs, said vocational training and job creation are unlinked.

The DoET and the Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs should work together to ensure more junior high school graduates join vocational schools, she said.

For accomplishing this, the DoET called on the People's Committee to set up a steering committee and instruct districts to draft appropriate plans and to improve career counselling.

The People's Committee should offer incentives to vocational schools, it added.

In 2011-15 the city's 433 vocational schools trained nearly 1.85 million students, including 11,000 workers in rural areas, according to the Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs.

Almost 80 per cent of trainees have found jobs or set up their own businesses.

The rate of skilled workers at companies is 72 per cent, 2.4 per cent higher than the city's target. — VNS

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