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Logistics Industry Reference Council launched

Released at: 14:15, 15/12/2017

Logistics Industry Reference Council launched

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Council aims to promote industry links with vocational education and training in Vietnam.

by Le Diem

The Australian Government, in partnership with the Vietnamese Government, has launched the pilot of the Logistics Industry Reference Council in Ho Chi Minh City, through its Aus4Vietnam investment, Aus4Skills.

The pilot council aims to promote industry links with vocational education and training. It draws on the example of Australia’s vocational education and training system and adapts it to Vietnam’s context with stronger engagement with the business community.

“Australia is happy to share our experience in an industry-led vocational education and training system to assist Vietnam to develop a system that will increase its productivity and support its economic growth,” said Australian Ambassador to Vietnam, H.E. Craig Chittick.

The Australian system, which has developed over a number of decades, is underpinned by a national framework of skills standards developed through a process of consultation with industry, according to Ambassador Chittick. This ensures that training standards are of a high quality and meet the workforce development needs of industry, enterprises, and individuals.

The pilot Logistics Industry Reference Council is an innovative approach to actively engage logistics enterprises in vocational education and training, according to Mr. Vo Tan Thanh, Vice President of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Director of its Ho Chi Minh City Branch. The council will validate the occupational skills standards developed under the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Transport and Logistics project, which was led by Australia with Vietnam as a participating economy. Vocational education and training providers can then use these skills standards to develop short courses and long-term training to address the relevant labor needs of the logistics industry.

The logistics sector has been selected as a focal industry that can serve as a demonstration model that can potentially be applied in other sectors in Vietnam. The selection of logistics was based on the readiness of sector leaders to participate, the importance of this expanding sector for Vietnam’s economic development, Australia’s trade with Vietnam, and the occupational standards recently defined by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Transportation and Logistics Project 2014-2016.

The launch will be followed by the first workshop, from December 18 to 21, on competency-based curriculum writing for academic leaders and senior trainers of selected vocational education and training colleges as well as enterprise-based trainers from logistics enterprises. The training will equip participants with theory and skills for writing competency-based curricula for warehouse operators and supervisors, logistics administration, freight forwarders and forklift operators.

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