"Enhancing the scale and quality of vocational education and training (VET) is the key to economic development and the involvement of the business sector is the decisive factor to do so", Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc affirmed at the National Forum "Skilling Up Vietnam” in Hanoi on November 16, 2019. So far, this is the biggest forum on a skilled workforce that was co-organised by the Ministry of Labour Invalids and Social Affairs, Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce and Industry and relevant ministries.
Further promotion of the successful cooperation between the Vietnamese and German Governments in the TVET sector
During the government negotiations in May 2017 and the intergovernmental consultations in November 2018 the Vietnamese and German Governments confirmed their commitment for the continuation of the programme “Reform of TVET in Viet Nam” beyond the end of the current programme in August 2020.
In preparation of the next programme, that is planned for the period from September 2020 to August 2023, an appraisal mission was conducted by GIZ and the Vietnamese Directorate of Vocational Education and Training (DVET).
From September 3 to 13, 2019 the mission team engaged in discussions with policy makers and implementation partners of the programme as well as other stakeholders of the TVET sector. These included TVET institutes (VCMI College, LILAMA 2, HVCT), relevant associations (HAMEE, Center for Disability and Development, Vietnam Water Supply and Sewerage Association), enterprises (Hoa Binh Constructions, Siemens) and policy makers (DVET). The mission aimed to define objectives, indicators and the methodological approach as well as the partner contributions for a successful implementation of the next programme.
After two inspiring weeks in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and the Dong Nai province, DVET and GIZ jointly agreed on:
- disseminating results and impacts achieved during the current TVET programme in the Vietnamese TVET system;
- supporting the orientation of the Vietnamese TVET system towards the digital transformation (Industry 4.0);
- promoting inclusive vocational education and training;
- enhancing the cooperation between the business sector, the government and other TVET stakeholders.
The mission ended with the signing ceremony of the results notice between DVET and GIZ. Based on this agreement and the upcoming government negotiations, the programme’s concept will be developed and submitted to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) for approval.