“Should I pursue university career path or choose technical vocational education and training instead?” “What occupation and school should I choose to match my interest, ability, and to ensure job opportunities after graduation?” These were some of the common questions raised by participating high school students and their parents during the discussions on the Open Day which took place on April 22, 2018, at the LILAMA 2 International Technology College (LILAMA 2) in Long Thanh, Dong Nai province. The Open Day attracted more than 1,200 participants including students, their parents and the management boards from high schools in Dong Nai, Binh Duong, Lam Dong provinces, LILAMA 2 alumni and current trainees as well as human resource managers from enterprises.
Technical and vocational education and training (TVET) enables individuals to continue the life-long development of professional and social capacities required to pursue a skilled occupation. TVET that is tailored to the needs of the labour market enables people to find work, generate income and escape from the spiral of poverty and dependency. This strengthens their personality and enhances their options for social participation. Moreover, all countries need qualified experts if they are to achieve sustainable economic development.
Support for TVET succeeds when it is tailored to the needs of the partner country and when it promotes cooperation between the public and business sector, for example by establishing cooperative TVET modes. Labour market-oriented TVET that combines practical and theoretical learning equips students with an optimal blend of expertise. Both formal and non-formal TVET should transfer income-generating knowledge and practical skills, especially for the large number of disadvantaged youths and adults who need to make a living for their families in the low-wage sector, in the informal sector or in rural areas.