Vietnam offers Japanese technological training to boost labor skills

06:00 | 21/04/2021 Cooperation

(VEN) - The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) and Japan’s National Institute of Technology (KOSEN) are piloting a practical engineering training model in order to promote technological education and contribute to the development of industrial human resources in Vietnam. 

As the project’s coordinating agency, the MoIT has selected three of its colleges to pilot the Japanese-style vocational training model, including the College of Industry and Commerce (COIT), Hue Industrial College (HUE-IC) and Cao Thang Technical College (CTTC).

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Since 2018, information about the vocational training program has been introduced to junior high schools and higher education levels in Vietnam. The model has also been introduced to enterprises located near the colleges, especially Japanese ones, and to parent companies of Japanese investors in Vietnam in order to promote recruitment of graduates from industrial colleges in Vietnam. Graduates are likely to be recruited by these businesses.

All three colleges have promoted internships and research activities and diversified training through cooperation with business firms. “Although Covid-19 has affected the cooperation program, the KOSEN education model is developing positively, attracting 264 students to participate in training in the electrical, electronics, industrial and mechatronics industries,” said Nguyen The Hieu, deputy director of the MoIT Department of Personnel and Organization.

According to the MoIT evaluation, the pilot units have linked the training program closely to the needs of Japanese enterprises and the human resources requirements for industrial development and integration goals. However, the representative of KOSEN said that although the program had made positive progress, in order to seize the opportunity of supplying human resources for Japanese enterprises shifting their investment to Vietnam, training institutions need to further strengthen cooperation with businesses to grasp recruitment needs and outline a suitable career orientation for students.

To create new breakthroughs in training human resources in general and for the industrial sector in Vietnam in particular, the MoIT colleges are offering three-year and five-year programs based on the Japanese model. Some 250 participants have signed up for the 2020-2021 period.

Vietnam has in recent years mobilized international cooperation to improve labor productivity, which remains low compared to other countries in the region due to the low skill level of its workers. According to a survey conducted by the World Bank, the quality of Vietnam’s human resources ranked 11th out of 12 countries surveyed in Asia in 2018.

Hoa Quynh