Delegates at an international seminar in Hanoi on October 4 suggested solutions to improve skills for Vietnamese workforce to restore and develop the domestic labour market.
The seminar was held by the Ministry of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA), in conjunction with the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour, the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
According to the MOLISA and the ILO, by the end of the second quarter of this year, Vietnam had 51.1 million labourers, of whom only 26.1 percent underwent training.
The numbers revealed the urgent need to provide training and improve skills for Vietnamese employees, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic that has hindered their job access.
The delegates looked into impacts of the pandemic as well as the fourth industrial revolution on Vietnam’s market in both short and long terms, and how to equip local workers with skills to adapt to the industrial revolution.
Vietnam is striving to advance its vocational education to the level of ASEAN-4 countries by 2030, and to the level of G20 countries by 2045.
To that end, the delegates said relevant ministries and agencies should draw up mechanisms and implement policies to raise labourers’ skills and better forecast the labour demand.