Embarking on New Horizons: Vocational Training Graduates

Welcome Opportunities in Germany

The first high qualified graduates supported by German development cooperation on their journey to Germany. This marks the beginning of a promising chapter for Vietnamese skilled workers and the Vietnamese training system in the global arena.

(HCMC) On 8th April 2024, German Cooperation organized a farewell for the first two of its outstanding graduates, Ho Nhut Khanh and Le Viet Hoa. The graduates from LILAMA 2 International Technology College will migrate to Germany in the afternoon of 9th of April 2024 (Vietnamese time) and are set to work with an unlimited work contract as highly- qualified metal-cutting technicians in the German town of Beilngries. This is the beginning of an exciting chapter for the young Vietnamese as well as the good partnership between Viet Nam and Germany in the realm of training and labour migration.

During the Farewell event the Head of Cooperation of the German Embassy, Santiago Alonso Rodriguez, highlighted the longstanding collaboration between the two nations in nurturing talent and fostering international exchange. Mr. Santiago Alonso stated ‘After their training at vocational college LILAMA 2 the two graduates will now start their career as high qualified technicians at a company in Bavaria. It’s a great opportunity for them to grow in their professional and private life and to foster the bridges between Viet Nam and Germany. As German Embassy Hanoi we wish them all the best for their new job in Germany.

Also, in attendance was Mr. Nguyen Khanh Cuong, Rector of LILAMA 2 International Technology College, where Khanh and Hoa were trained to become metal cutting technicians oriented to international standards. Mr. Cuong expressed his pride on the success of Khanh and Hoa and wished them well for their future careers in Germany.

Ho Nhut Khanh, a participant of the PAM Programme, had already the privilege of meeting the German President, Mr. Steinmeier, during his visit to Viet Nam in January 2024, expressed his excitement to start a new life in Germany. He shared his mixed emotions before departing to Germany. “I was lucky to join the PAM Programme, where I got the opportunity to pursue my passion in metal cutting and learning German. Though challenging, this journey has allowed me to better understand myself and strive towards my goals. The new chapter ahead brings career opportunities and a new life, but also challenges, such as mastering German. However, I am confident that I can overcome the challenges, integrate in a new social surrounding, and perform best in my new job.”

Within the programme overall 50 Vietnamese upper graduate students have been supported; nine other trainees will migrate in the upcoming months to work in Germany as skilled workers in the field of metal cutting. 14 further graduates of the PAM class continue their metal cutting training at college level and 18 have started to work as skilled workers in the Vietnamese labour market. As the graduates, they benefited from a scholarship funded training programme based on international standards and will contribute their competences to the development of the Vietnamese and German economy. These positive impacts of the PAM project on both the German and Vietnamese labour market underscore the success of the collaboration between Viet Nam and Germany for development-oriented vocational training and skilled labour migration.

The project “Partnership Approaches for Development- oriented Vocational training and Labour migration” (PAM) is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) implemented by Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.