(VNS) Minister of Construction Trinh Dinh Dung spoke to the Vietnam News Agency about his ministry's plan to focus on human resources development between now and 2020
This is the first time MoC has tabled a long-term HR plan. How significant is this?
In the strategy for socio-economic development in the period 2011-20, the Party has identified HR improvement as one of three key breakthroughs required if Viet Nam is to become an industrial nation by 2020. To implement the Party's Resolution and instructions from the government, MoC was pro-active in facilitating their strategies and plans, with the HR aspect intended to aid the sector's immediate and long-term tasks.
In this human capital strategy, we focus on improving the quality of students at universities, colleges and secondary vocational schools. In addition, we also set out plans to expand professional training courses, particularly for skill areas where Vietnamese workers have comparative advantages.
When talking about HR in the construction sector, we are referring to the 3.1 million people now on the MoC pay-roll (data from 2010). They are white collar workers, employees, engineers and other trades. Of the 3.1 million, 41 per cent have attended training courses. By 2015, we aim to increase this figure to 52 per cent and by 2020 it should be 65 per cent. To be more specific, by 2020 we want the workforce to feature 5,000 graduates; 200,000 under-graduates; 124,000 college graduates; some 1.32 million vocational training school graduates and some 3.32 million who have attended professional courses.
More specifically, we want 50-60 per cent of officials, civil servants and employees in the construction sector to have attended advanced training courses for their current jobs.
To achieve these goals, MoC will face several challenges such as refurbishing our existing training institutions and offering refresher courses for teachers and lecturers, while improving the capacity of our leaders and staff.
How do you solve the problem of having more "teachers than workers"?
I have to concede this is a serious problem in the construction sector, particularly with people who work in demanding jobs and new professions like under-ground works and urban technical infrastructure management.
To overcome the current constraints, we'll have to diversify the training courses to meet new requirements and co-ordinate with relevant agencies, inside and outside Viet Nam, to help us achieve our targets.
Are there plans to attract talented people to join your ministry and train them in-house?
In recent years, high quality HR training has been one of our priorities. We now have 28 training institutions under the management of our ministry nationwide. We hope with an extensive training network, we will be able to turn out high quality workers.
In years to come, MoC plans to invest more in infrastructure construction for training institutions, while encouraging them to link their training with enterprises to provide the students with practical knowledge and skills.
In addition, we'll adopt special mechanisms to attract talented people to work in our sector. Priorities will be given to people willing to work at construction projects, mobile jobs or in harsh and dangerous environments, as well as in remote regions. — VNS