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In 2012, nearly 489,000 agricultural workers received vocational training nationwide


This is the confirmation from Vietnam Directorate of Vocational Training (MOLISA) announced at the media workshop on vocational training for rural workers held in Hanoi on 11 January 2013. Deputy Minister Nguyen Ngoc Phi attended the workshop. The Deputy Minister stressed: Deployed since 2009, so far, the policies on vocational training for rural laborers were issued relatively uniform, in accordance with the conditions of the country.

     According to reports of 63 provinces, cities and related ministries, by the end of 2012, around 485,000 rural workers have been trained vocationally throughout the country. Many provinces and cities used the 2011 carried-over budgets, proactively arrange local funds or integrate the vocational training activities with other programs and projects, such as mobilizing resources from the central government or that from businesses to conduct vocational training activities to rural workers. Good examples include provinces of Ha Giang, Lai Chau, Dien Bien, Vinh Phuc, Bac Ninh, Nghe An, Quang Ngai, Khanh Hoa, Binh Thuan, Dac Nong, Dong Nai, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho, Hau Giang, Kien Giang, An Giang, Soc Trang and Dong Thap.
     Mr. Dao Van Tien, Director of Department of Permanent Vocational Training of Vietnam Directorate of Vocational Training informs the workshop that “nearly 2000 vocational training centers and institutions - right after signing of training contracts and receiving allocated funds - had actively and directly contact communes to collect requirements for vocational training. Many localities provide orientation to all concerned parties that “vocational training activities should link closely with job creation, with strong focus given to the local advantages. Names of the provinces highlighted are Cao Bang, Bac Can, Ha Nam, Bac Ninh, Ha Noi, Nghe An, Quang Nam, Can Tho, etc. Many trained workers later become owners of farms, cooperatives with annual income of hundred of millions dong Vietnam. 
     Some successful models of vocational training to rural workers have been applied widely and the number of rural workers receive training has increased. A part of the trained people later find new jobs at factories, service sector, change their occupation or become migrant workers. Many new models of agricultural production, small industrial enterprises, service sector have been formed and operate effectively, creating income and play an active role in poverty elimination and socio-economic development, contributing to new rural construction program.
     Attending the workshop, the Deputy Minister of MOLISA clarifies that along with good achievements, the vocational activities for rural workers still “unable to meet requirements of industrialization and modernization process” There are delays in vocational training, activities are not performed in a harmonized system, not relevant to specifications & characteristics of various locations, sectors, without long-term orientations and not been closely linked with local socio-economic plans and plans for new rural development. Activities of training and job consultation are not really effective and helpful to trainees for job selection suitable to their specific conditions and capacities. There are gaps and weaknesses in the system of vocational training”.
     Main causes of the shortcomings and weaknesses are in-adequate awareness and understanding of “parts of party units and authorities on strategic positions and the importance of agriculture, farmers, rural area and vocational training for rural workforce”. Local socio-economic plans in many places do not identify clearly the targets and objectives, solutions of vocational training area, in-adequate attention given to vocational training, lack of detailed policies for mobilization of resources for vocational training activities.  
     In 2013, the nationwide target for rural vocational training is 600.000 workers. To achieve this target, the proven good models of vocational training should be applied widely, closely linked with enterprise, occupational villages, locations of specified crops, selected communes of new rural development program. Local authorities should double- check their lists of vocational training requirements. Quarterly meetings should regularly conduct between coordination committees of Project 1956 and the media organs to provide timely and precise information on project implementation. Auditing and monitoring activities should be improved to monitor project implementation, with special focus paid to the use of resources.
    At the workshop, representative of the Directorate of Vocational Training announce the guidelines on implementation of the Project 156 issued by the Government and conduct a Question & Answer session with the media related to vocational training area.