On December 17, 2020, the first Industry Advisory Board meeting for the two occupations Mechanics Techinician for Sanitary, Heating and Climate technology (SHC) and Electronics Technician for Energy and Building technology (EEB) took place at the College of Machinery and Irrigation (VCMI), Dong Nai province. More than 20 representatives from Vietnam Federation of Civil Engineering Association, managers and trainers of partner companies, Vocational Training Unit – Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, Dong Nai province (DoLISA Dong Nai), GIZ’s experts and staff attended the meeting.
During the meeting, the GIZ’s German experts and VCMI teachers presented to the members of the Industry Advisory Board on the cooperative training concept, structure and content of the German standard oriented training programmes developed for the two new occupations. At the same time, participants were introduced and asked for feedback on the Constitution of Industry Advisory Boards which were updated and revised by VCMI.
With the coordination of the Industry Advisory Boards’ Chairman – Mr Tran Van Thang – Vice Rector of VCMI, Industry Advisory Boards’ members actively engaged in discussion and agreed on preliminary plans and coordinating methods among stakeholders to implement the first in-company training phase at partner companies in 2021. The meeting ended with the activity of admitting new companies to the two Industry Advisory Boards.
Mr Nguyen Hoang Hiep – Deputy Director of Mien Dong Construction Mechanical Refrigeration Electrical Corporation gave his opinion: “The two occupations trained at VCMI are oriented on the demand of businesses, and the cooperative training concept has the potential to save resources for companies as the future labour force will not need to be retrained. The establishment of the two Industry Advisory Boards fosters the involvement of the business sector in TVET and improve the quality of demand-oriented training.”
This activity was held within the component “Supporting High-Quality TVET Institutes” as part of the Vietnamese – German “Programme Reform of TVET in Viet Nam”. The programme is financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) together with the Vietnamese Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA).