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Germany and Vietnam signed a Joint Statement on Vocational training cooperation


On 18th March, 2013, the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA), Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Phi, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET), Mr. Tran Quang Quy and the German Ambassador, Ms. Jutta Frasch signed a joint Statement on vocational training cooperation. Attending the signing ceremony were representative leaders of Departments, Institutes of the Ministry of Education and Training, the General Department of Vocational Training, Mr. Elmar Dutt – Chairman of the Association of German businesses in Vietnam and in Hanoi.

     The joint Statement
was signed to further promote the link between the orientation of vocational training and practice in Vietnam through a variety of long - term internship courses at businesses. Vocational training combined with practice in Vietnam through close cooperation with businesses will be a significant step in improving the competitiveness of Vietnam in the ASEAN market in coming time. And a quality vocational training system will be a decisive factor for the operation of German businesses in Vietnam as well as new potential German investors. The signing of the agreement today will benefit the two sides: On the way of developing to be an industrial country, it will be less difficult for Viet Nam if it has a skilled labour force that is able to meet the needs of labour and integration. On the German side, German businesses will improve the quality of the host country’s workers, which increases their competitiveness. Speaking at the signing Ceremony, Mr. Tran Quang Quy, Deputy Minister of the MOET said: "... The signing of joint Statement among the MOET, MOLISA and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development is the first model to show the close cooperation between schools and businesses at the Ministry level, the State level... ".

     The implementation of the Joint statement will be supported by the German Business Association (GBA), the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Vietnam (AHK) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) within the framework of the program "Vietnam vocational training reform" funded by the German Government. And these organizations are responsible for coordinating with the MOLISA and MOET to implement human resource development and training, especially vocational training for businesses. Accordingly, the German businesses operating in Vietnam will consider the admission for students to take internship; experts, professional staff of the two sides will participate in developing training programs and criteria for professions; the German will support teacher training and provide information on the labour demand of German businesses so that schools have training strategies; the two sides also jointly develop a number of projects to develop human resource. This cooperation will bring many opportunities for students to access professional practice, modern equipment and technology, and create job opportunities after graduation.

     More than 160 German businesses in Vietnam and other cooperative organizations will create momentum for the effective and quality cohesion between businesses and schools, help to solve the problem of training high-quality human resource.
     Ms. Jutta Frasch, the German Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Vietnam said: "I am delighted to sign the cooperation Statement with you all today. This is an activity to realize the "strategic partnership" between Vietnam and Germany in the spirit of the Joint Declaration that was signed in 2011 between Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Chancellor Angela Merkel. Particularly, the two countries will further strengthen vocational training with the participation of the German private businesses. Upon the signing of the joint Statement, the German would like to contribute to improving the quality of vocational training in Vietnam, Germany is willing to provide internship places and create favorable conditions for Vietnamese young people to access practically oriented vocational training. The German Embassy will sponsor this project and we will monitor the implementation of the project. In the future, the field of vocational training will be one of pillars of the development between Vietnam and Germany".