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Trương Anh Dũng, deputy director general of the General Directorate of Vocational Education and Training talks to the newspaper Tuổi Trẻ (Youth) on the need for young Vietnamese people to focus more on acquiring high professional skills before joining the labour market.
Did the General Directorate of Vocational Education and Training (GDVET) organise any activities to mark World Youth Skills Day (July 15)?
World Youth Skills Day has been observed in Việt Nam with many activities, particularly those related to the development of policies on human resources for young people. For example, this year, we have focused efforts on developing projects to support start-ups for young people, particularly students. At the same time, the GDVET issued a national skills framework and a set of required skills for workers at different levels to meet market demands.
In the early months of 2019, we had already developed a detailed plan on how to co-operate with international organisations and occupation training institutions to organise a workshop in the context of fourth industrial revolution. We hope, through the workshop, we will come up with specific measures and solutions to further promote occupational skills for the young Vietnamese workforce.
What skills should the GDVET focus on in its job training for young Vietnamese workers?
Việt Nam faces a shortage of highly-skilled workers. At many international forums, like the World Bank, the International Labor Organization and the World Economic Forum, speakers recommended that Việt Nam pay more attention to the development for its work force, particularly its young workers, in the course of international integration.
Does the GDVET have any plans to develop occupational skills for young Vietnamese people?
The Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs has paid a lot of attention to the development of occupational skills and the matching between labour supply and demand, in both the short and long term. We have also seen the imperative need to have very strong co-operation between occupational training institutions and enterprises and the labour market’s demands as Việt Nam becomes more deeply integrated internationally. — VNS