“If you want to go fast, go alone; If you want to go far, go together”
The African Proverb really reflects on the spirit of the workshop on “Technical Exchange for Business Cooperation Officers”, where participants shared their experiences, best practices, challenges and recommendations on engaging the business sector in the whole process of the cooperative training approach. The workshop took place on 03 July 2020 in Ho Chi Minh City, with the participation of the Rector of Vietnamese – German technical college of Ha Tinh, the Vice Rector of LILAMA 2 International Technology College and 17 business cooperation officers/EFK from nine supported TVET colleges, who are responsible for cooperation between their TVET institutes and the business sector.
The workshop was jointly prepared and conducted by TVET programme members, which aimed to collecting the reports on results of collaborating with the business sector and activities related to the Programme “Reform of TVET in Vietnam” of each college. Moreover, providing participants with approaches and instruments to developing a sustainable cooperation between TVET institutes and the business sector – a key for ensuring the demand-orientation of training- was also the aim of this workshop.
During the workshop, participants have chances to work in groups on provided and instructed topics, including (i) Establishment and operation of the Advisory Board effectively and sustainability, (ii) Tools and measures to approach new companies, (iii) Tools and measures to attract more trainees in TVET (especially female trainees). In addition, the work plan on upcoming activities of each TVET institutes was also drafted until the end of December 2020. With the ideas and instruments provided in the workshop, all of business cooperation officers in collaboration with relevant colleagues can apply for a better implementation of their own draft work plan.
This activity was organised within 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).