Engagement of the business sector in vocational education and training is a must in the Central Highlands

Pleiku, 19 August 2016.

The conference on “Solutions for improvement of the quality of vocational training to meet the demand of the labour market in provinces of Central Highlands for the period 2016-2020”, taking place on August 19th 2016, was jointly organized by the Central Committee for Central Highlands, General Directorate of Vocational Training (GDVT)/Ministry of Labour-Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) and Programme Reform of TVET in Viet Nam- Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. As the result of this conference, a policy input paper for the provinces of Central Highlands and its bordering mountainous districts will be compiled and finalized.

The goals of the conference are to:

  • Promote cooperation with the private sector and associations in shaping solutions to improve the quality and demand-orientation of vocational training in the provinces of the Central Highlands and the mountainous districts bordering the Central Highlands.
  • Promote the image of vocational training and integrate vocational training policies as part of the socio-economic development efforts for the Central Highlands;
  • Discuss and agree on solutions for improvement of the quality and inclusiveness of vocational training in the provinces of the Central Highlands and its bordering mountainous districts;
  • Develop policies and measures to respond efficiently to the actual challenges in vocational training, especially vocational training for vulnerable groups and unsustainable sectors;

The chairing panel of the conference including Ms H’Ngăm Niê KĐăm – Vice Chairperson of the Central Highlands Committee, Ms Huynh Nu Thu Ha – Vice Chairperson of Gia Lai Provincial People Committee and Dr. Nguyen Hong Minh – General Director of GDVT strongly encouraged the hands-on and practical recommendations and solutions from presenters and delegates of the conference. Speaking at the conference, Ms Lisa Marie Kreibich – GIZ Technical Advisor emphasized in her presentation that “Vocational training solutions in the Central Highlands can only be successful if they match the needs of the labour market, because the aim of vocational training is to provide employment to trainees and skilled workforce to the local business sector. To achieve that, engagement of the business sector in vocational education and training is a must in the Central Highlands.”

Ms Tran This Hai Thanh- Director of Gia Lai Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (DoLISA) highlighted the importance and successful implementation of practice-oriented short-term trainings for rural workers of ethnic minorities to improve the efficiency of their farming methods and generate additional jobs and incomes in the provinces. Trainings should also be adaptive to local contexts, cultures and values, especially when they address ethnic minorities.

The Central Highlands is of great importance in terms of national defense and security. Yet, it is still an underdeveloped area with unsustainable development model basing on irrational exploitation of natural resources and fragmented agriculture. The quality of human resources and the number of trained workers are very low. Its labor productivity is only 47.5% of the average of the whole country. This has great influence on the development and competitiveness of the region.

As it is agreed among central and provincial leaders that demand driven and practice-oriented vocational training is the key for the region to unlock its potentials, eliminate poverty and promote social stability in the region, the conference contributes greatly to forming strategies and solutions to improve the quality and relevance of vocational training in the region.  The conference received strong attention of central authorities and ministries, the press, provincial and local governments, VET institutes and enterprises. Participating in the conference were representatives from the Central Committee for Central Highlands, Office of Government, Ministry of Investment and Planning (MPI), Propaganda Committee, Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA), MoLISA, GDVT, leaders of provincial governments of the 5 provinces in Central Highlands and neighboring mountainous districts.

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