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Better workplace skills key to growth

Released at: 17:18, 18/11/2019

Better workplace skills key to growth

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PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc attends national forum in Hanoi on enhancing workplace skills.

by Phi Linh

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc addressed the national “Enhancing Vietnamese Labor Skills” forum, with the theme “Enterprises Accompany Renovating and Improving the Quality of Vocational Education”, on November 16 in Hanoi, where he asked the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) to propose a “social treaty” for cooperation between schools, businesses, and the government in key issues.

“The experience of developed countries is that skilled human resources contribute to creating high workplace capacity and boost GDP growth and national competitiveness,” he told the gathering. “Enhancing the capacity of the workforce plays a key role in improving growth, economic restructuring, and growth innovation.”

Vietnam has identified 130 key occupations and 40 high-quality vocational schools. Many schools have good programs and enrollments have exceeded targets in the last three years. Links between vocational education and enterprises have seen positive changes.

The Prime Minister said three principles must be ensured: align more closely with the practical needs of the market to guarantee harmonization between supply and demand of skilled workers; develop vocational training of international quality to meet the requirements of domestic and foreign enterprises; and improve forecasting the need for highly skilled human resources by enterprises and the economy in the time to come to orient cooperation between enterprises and schools.

Enterprises are allowed to participate in developing training content, sending cadres to participate in training, and accepting inter-enterprise interns in the training process.

Schools should focus on creating conditions for lecturers to improve their professional quality, access new skills from domestic and international enterprises, and improve the quality of teaching and equipment.

The government is implementing preferential policies, in which vocational training institutions and enterprises are participating in the training of many trainees from vocational training institutions and providing employment.

Cities and provinces nationwide with vocational training schools should prioritize projects based on cooperation between institutions and enterprises.

He also asked that MoLISA take the lead in cooperating with relevant ministries and agencies to propose a Directive on the development of human resources with occupational skills that meet requirements in terms of labor productivity improvements.

Mr. Nguyen Van Binh, Head of the Central Economic Committee, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, and more than 1,500 delegates from enterprises and educational experts attended the forum.

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