Sunday, June 08, 2008

Vocational training heeds businesses’ demands

09:55' 07/06/2008 (GMT+7)

VietNamNet Bridge - The General Department of Vocational Training (GDVT) and Departments of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs in some provinces have agreed with businessmen on a plan to train more than 7,000 workers in trades that have recruitment difficulties.

The event marks the beginning of a new stage of cooperation where vocational training boost catering to businesses’ demands and labour shortages.

A recent survey by the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) said Vietnam has more than 240,000 enterprises, employing about 9 million labourers.

By 2010, the number of businesses is expected to double and triple the current number of workers will be required, including 40 percent of trained workers and 18 percent holding university and college degrees.

The survey forecast some trades would have a great demand of workers such as mechanical engineering, construction, programming and farming product processing.

The survey also showed large recruitment requests came from industrial and export processing zones as well as economic groups.

It cited examples such as the Dung Quat and Chu Lai economic zones that will need some 56,000 labourers from now to 2010 as well the Vietnam ’s leading shipbuilder, Vinashin, also needing 55,000 labourers, including 16,500 graduates from vocational training colleges.

GDVT General Director Nguyen Tien Dung said there have been more than 2,000 vocational training facilities nationwide, including 70 colleges, which have paid attention to enriching training programs to better meet employers’ requirements.

According to Dung, schools will coordinate with employers to work out personnel training plans, focusing on labour users’ requirements and also ensuring employment for their trainees.

A national centre for human resource forecasting will be set up to update information of employers’ demands to help vocational training schools harmonise their curriculum.