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Linking Vocational Training with Enterprises: Superior Model

Posted: Thursday, August 30, 2018

As confirmed by professionals, vocational training institutions, enterprises participating in the signing ceremony, the model of vocational education with the guidance of enterprises was currently one of the best solutions in vocational training in Vietnam and being piloted in the transports & logistics industry. Regarding this issue, the Vietnam Business Forum had an interview with Dr Truong Anh Dung, the Directorate of Vocational Education and Training (DVET). My Chau reports.

Could you please share your views on the model of the vocational education with guidance of enterprises in transports and logistics services?
As a state management agency on vocational education, the Directorate of Vocational Education and Training has taken measures to improve the quality of vocational education and one of the breakthrough solutions is to link vocational education with businesses in the labour market. To do so, the Directorate of Vocational Education and Training has coordinated with the Aus4Skills Programme to develop a mechanism to enhance the participation of enterprises in the field of vocational education. As we all know, Australia is one of the leading nations in the development of vocational education systems led by enterprises. This model is very important not only to Australia but also to Vietnam as we are entering the 4.0 Industrial Revolution. The development of this revolution requires strong changes in vocational education to improve the quality of training and meet the demand for high quality human resources for Vietnam at present as well as in the future.

The cooperation between the Directorate of Vocational Education and Training and the Aus4Skills Programme focuses on implementing a pilot training model linked with enterprises, like the Australian model of education, with the introduction of the Logistics Training Advisory Board. Since the new model has been in operation for the past one year, it is still in its early stages to fully assess its effectiveness. However, initially, with the support of Australian experts, the consultancy from relevant government agencies; the active involvement of the VLA; especially the efforts of the members of the Advisory Board, many initial activities have been implemented and achieved very encouraging results. Typically, we have developed sets of vocational skills standards with the participation of enterprises and training institutions; sending teachers to both in the country as well as abroad to get trained. We are also working to develop a pilot training programme for a number of Australian-modelled logistics sectors to link the schools and universities to the business. Obviously, the participation of enterprises from the stage of building standards and the training program, training connection will help increase the effectiveness of training and reduce the costs of many stakeholders including the State, schools, businesses, students and the whole society.

We expects that the introduction of the vocational education model with the guidance of enterprises in Vietnam will help us grasp the actual human resource needs that logistics companies are in need of both in terms of quantity, industry structure and level of training so that we will have an appropriate direction of supply.

What do we need to do to replicate this superior education model in the future?
It can be said that the rights and responsibilities of training institutions as well as enterprises involved in vocational education have been specified in the Law on Vocational Education. The most important thing is to have good communication work, mobilising businesses as well as training institutions to promote their rights and their responsibility. For example, the issue of providing information on training and education of enterprises is now stipulated in the Law but not all enterprises are ready to execute. Therefore, it is important to promote communication and, introduce pilot models similar to the training model led by enterprises in the logistics industry so that we can evaluate and multiply the model.

As for the Directorate of Vocational Education and Training, we are planning to introduce the Sector Skills Council in the field of hotel tourism, similar to the logistics industry. This will be applied in some other key economic sectors.

Thank you very much!

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