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The Prime Minister figures out measures to improve Vietnamese labourers’ skills


The first-ever national forum on improving Vietnamese laborers’ skills took place on November 16th, amid a string of unanswered questions, especially those related to vocational training. The event drew the participation of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Head of the Party Central Committee's Economic Commission Nguyen Van Binh, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam and nearly 1,500 business representatives.

Addressing the event, PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc pointed out that the rate of trained workforce still remains low at 22%, or one thirds compared to that of Republic of Korea and Singapore though Viet Nam’s workforce ranks 3rd in ASEAN. The structure of trained workforce is irrational in addition to the lack of both teachers and workers, the Government chief frankly said.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc said that vocational training must stick to the real market demands to harmonize the demand and supply of skilled labourers.  
He underlined the the importance of developing vocational training in line with the international standards to meet high demands from domestic and foreign enterprises.
It is necessary to enhance the capacity of forecasting the demand for highly skilled workforce in order to shape partnership orientations between businesses and vocational training establishments, said The Prime Minister.
In his speech, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc repeated his recent statement at the National Assembly’s session that resources for national development are not forests or seas but the nearly 100 million Vietnamese people. Successful experieces of developed countries show that when the other conditions do not change, the human resource having skills, high quality skills will play especially important role, contribute to make the outstanding labour productivity and promote GDP growth, improve the national competitive capacity.
He said over the last 30 years, the expansion of population and workforce has been an important driving force for GDP growth. However, since 2013, the size of Vietnam’s labour force has begun to approach its limit compared to the size of the economy. Therefore, raising productivity plays a decisive role in economic growth and economic restructuring.
According to the Prime Minister, to sustain and promote economic growth and strengthen national competitiveness, it is necessary to reform and improve the quality of vocation training, and this process needs to be associated with businesses and the labour market.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc stressed that only when vocational training in Vietnam can catch up with the level in developed nations in the region and the world, can the country move up in global value chains.
PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc tasked the Ministry of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs to put forward a tri-party mechanism for cooperation between business, vocational schools and the Government to accelerate vocational training in key industry sectors.
Accordingly, such mechanism needs to facilitate enterprises’ involvement in designing curriculum, training process, and reception of interns.Vocational schools must concentrate on improving professional skills, getting access to new skills from domestic and foreign firms and enhancing the quality of teaching, equipments and practices.Meanwhile, localities should give priority to projects which are jointly launched by the vocational training centers and enterprises to strengthen the connectivity between schools and enterprises.
PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc emphasized the vital role of vocational training in helping a country to achieve success in transition process.