Education key to productivity, says Deputy PM

Update: March, 08/2016 - 00:40
HÀ NỘI – Deputy Prime Minister Vũ Đức Đam asked for improved quality of education and training at a seminar in Hà Nội promoting vocational training yesterday.
Over the past two years, Việt Nam has carried out comprehensive reforms of the education-training system, of which vocational training is an important aspect, he said.
Statistics showed that among 53 per cent of the trained workforce, only 20 per cent underwent training for three months or longer.
He proposed continuing to study labour incentives, attracting investment in education and vocational training, and improving ties between employers and trainers.
Given the recent birth of the ASEAN Community and Việt Nam’s entry into new free trade agreements, the country must overcome manpower challenges amid integration, he said.
Reports delivered at the event showed that globalisation, new technologies and longer working times are changing the global labour landscape, which requires each country to devise flexible vocational training development strategies.
Participants also discussed how Việt Nam could develop by 2020 and beyond.
Deputy PM Đam and Lord David Puttnam, UK Prime Ministerial envoy to Việt Nam , chaired the event, which was hosted by the Embassy of the UK and Northern Ireland and the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs.
Within the framework of the International Skills Partnership, the British Council will host a seminar today to establish training quality assurance mechanisms up to UK standards. —VNS