Training programme “Wind Energy Service Technician” developed based on German standard 

On 10 November 2023, the German Chamber of Craft in Cologne (HWK Köln) has handed over the official “Letter of Acknowledgement” to Mr Nguyen Phan Anh Quoc, the Rector of the Ninh Thuan Vocational College during the consultation workshop for the training programme “Wind Energy Service Technician and certified its equivalence with the German training standard.  

During the consultation workshop, the achievements of the German-Vietnamese Development Cooperation for establishing a centre of excellence at NTVC for formal training on renewable energies were presented by Mr Ralf Hill, responsible project manager of the joint Programme Reform of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Viet Nam. He stated that the six-months further training programme has been developed based on the demands of national and international wind energy companies and follows Vietnamese legal requirements. It targets to further qualify experienced technicians and engineers in the occupational fields of mechanical and electronic engineering and particularly college graduates of the initial training programmes based on German standard – Mechatronics, Industrial Electronics, and Electronics Technician for Energy and Building Technology.    

On behalf of the wind industry, Mr. Bui Van Thinh, Chairman of Binh Thuan provincial Wind and Solar Association confirmed the quality of the new training programme and the necessity to involve the wind industry in the training cooperation with the NTVC. He expressed: “Currently, we have sent technicians to participate in-company trainer training at NTVC, to improve their pedagogical skills to be better prepared to take on the in-company training phase at the plant. This is also an opportunity for us to train both the trainees and other technicians at the wind power plant. As a results (of the developed training programme), in the future, we aim to reduce the need to hire many foreign technicians, as Vietnamese individuals will be well equipped to operate, maintain, and repair wind turbines effectively.” 

The final words of recommendation came from Mr. Pham Vu Quoc Binh – Vice-Director General of the Vietnamese Directorate of Vocational Education and Training, he stated: “Congratulations to the NTVC for the recognition of this program following the Vietnamese regulations as well as the German standards. This is something to celebrate, and it presents an opportunity for NTVC to connect with businesses, thereby enhancing the nationwide workforce capacity in the renewable energy sector. This recognition is a significant step forward in the establishment of a Center of Excellence for Renewable Energy at NTVC”. 

The activity was conducted in the frame of the Development Partnership (DPP) Vocational Training Center for Renewable Energies – Wind and Solar Technology. The DPP is implemented jointly by the cooperation partners Vietnam Industries Building Services JSC, Festo Didactic SE, Schneider Electric Vietnam, Ninh Thuan Vocational College, and the Programme “Reform of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Vietnam” and supported by the programme of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in cooperation with the Vietnamese Directorate of Vocational Education and Training (DVET). 

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