Vocational Training Aligned with Market Demand

9:39:18 AM | 15/9/2020

To meet employment needs of businesses and investors, Binh Dinh province has paid special attention to vocational training in line with the market demand to build up highly qualified human resources for the cause of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The local vocational education network has gradually been consolidated and upgraded. Vocational training schools can train highly skilled human resources. In enrollment, they have actively and effectively communicated on vocational education in various forms such as mass media, newsletters on vocational education and labor market, and job festivals. At the same time, the Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs has strengthened coordination with the Department of Education and Training to better help students through consultation and career orientation. As a result, enrollment results have basically met the plan.

In the first six months of 2020 alone, vocational training schools recruited 8,131 students, reaching 39.7% of the full-year plan, down 2.8% from the same period in 2019 (227 students at tertiary profession level, 163 at secondary level, and 7,741 at primary level). They provided short-term training (under three months) for 645 trainees and 528 rural workers, reaching 15.1% of the yearly plan. In response to the Prime Minister's Decision 157/2007/QD-TTg, 447 students have, to date, had access to preferential loans of VND10.68 billion for vocational training.

The project on merger of Binh Dinh College with Quy Nhon Technical College has been completed and submitted to the Provincial People's Committee to report to the Standing Committee of the Provincial Party Committee for consideration and finalization before being sent to the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs for final decision.

The province has organized vocational training and career counseling for more than 4,500 students from 12 high schools and seven colleges and universities joining the topic “Understanding the profession, understanding yourself, brightening the future" after the COVID-19 pandemic; successfully organized provincial skills exams and selected nine trainee candidates for national skills contents.

Schools and training centers focus on demand-based majors like mechanics, fisheries, textile and garment, electronics - telecommunications, tourism services and healthcare. After vocational classes, many trainees can boldly apply their knowledge to production, restructured crops and animals, and expand production scale to create jobs and income.

Particularly, Binh Dinh has effectively aligned vocational education with corporate and market demand. The province has directed schools and educational centers to reform training programs and curricula; focused on practical training for learners; and increased self-training skills for students. Schools actively invite enterprises and employers to take part in material development and compilation programs to ensure that training contents correspond to modern production technology lines. They have successfully combined government-school-company coordination model; and strengthened demand-based training cooperation.

In addition to achieved results, vocational training and job creation are difficult due to business downsizing, restructuring, and labor demand reduction. Besides, the awareness of society, families and learners about vocational training is still limited. To deal with these difficulties, the Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs has proposed many solutions, including reviewing and rearranging the network of vocational schools by reducing facilities and expanding enrollment size into high-quality colleges and vocational schools. The department has fostered and improved the efficiency of career counseling, guidance and startup to attract more people into vocational training at different levels to provide human resources for socioeconomic development. It has built an information system, school database, labor database and labor market development database. It has encouraged enterprises to actively join in training human resources, especially for running modern technologies. The department has also stepped up teacher and educator training and standardization for schools.

Source: Vietnam Business Forum

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