Start of the first cooperative vocational training course for “Sewage Engineering Technicians”

Ho Chi Minh City, 02.11.2015

The first cooperative training course for “Sewage Engineering Technicians” was organized on November 2nd, 2015 with the honored participation of Mr Phạm Minh Huân, Vice Minister of Labour – Invalids and Social Affairs of Viet Nam and Mr. Gunther Adler, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety of Germany (BMUB).

The pilot vocational training programme “Sewage Engineering Technician” is being implemented jointly by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Ministry of Labour – Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA), the General Directorate for Vocational Training (GDVT), the Ministry of Construction, and other partners such as Ho Chi Minh Vocational College of Technology (HVCT), Vietnam Water Supply and Sewerage Association (VWSA), as well as sewerage companies in Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong, Ba Ria – Vung Tau, Can Tho and Khanh Hoa.

According to Mr Phạm Minh Huân, until 2020 the industrialisation process of Viet Nam needs to follow a path of green growth. “It means that the economic growth must be combined with well-planned measures for environmental and natural resources protection.” The construction and enlargement of the wastewater treatment infrastructure for long-term operation has become one of the core aspects for a sustainable economy. However, apart from investments in the infrastructure, the investment in human resources capable to maintain and operate the wastewater treatment facilities is essential.

An advantage of the cooperative training programme, which is based on the German occupational standard and adapted to the conditions in Viet Nam, is that all partners, the Ho Chi Minh Vocational College of Technology (HVCT), the Vietnam Water Supply and Sewerage Association (VWSA) as well as sewerage companies, jointly developed the training programme and defined structured in-company training phases. Such a collaboration among TVET institutes and enterprises is key for the training programme to meet the requirements of the labour market in Viet Nam and South East Asia.

On the other hand, this cooperation presents a valuable opportunity for technicians and sewerage enterprises in the future. The programme promotes not only credibility and improves the efficiency of modern wastewater treatment plants and canal networks, it also ensures that the graduates meet the demand of the sewerage enterprises and thus contributes to a sustainable economic development and an improved environment in Viet Nam.

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