09:04 | 04/11/2016 Society
(VEN) - Lord Puttnam, the UK Prime Minister’s Trade and Cultural and Envoy to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, recently visited Ho Chi Minh City. Lord Puttnam is also a member of the advisory panel to the UK ASEAN Business Council. His visit to Vietnam has a particular focus on the education and training sector- one of the seven pillars of cooperation under the UK - Vietnam Strategic Partnership.
During his visit, the British Consulate General has organized a seminar “UK Qualications workshop: Education Links with the UK for Vietnam’s Sustainable Development”, to promote and develop the commercial relationship with Vietnam.
The workshop provided a platform for UK- Vietnam organisations and institutions to explore potential business opportunities and to develop relationships with contacts in line with the UK-Vietnam Strategic Partnership signed in 2010.
The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Cambridge English Language Assessment (CELA), Cambridge Internal Examinations (CIE), The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales ( ICAEW) and Pearson are all specialists in the area of the general qualifications from K12, vocational and Higher Education and professional level qualification. They presented to representatives from universities, colleges, schools and businesses in Ho Chi Minh City.
The vocational and professional qualifications offered by the UK are hugely valuable to aspiring business people in Vietnam and around the world because they offer a passport to enhanced career prospects. There is a real and rapidly growing, need for professional and vocational training in Vietnam. This is an important time for Vietnam as it joins other countries in the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). There are challenges from the formation of the AEC, particularly the free flow of skilled labour, which will concern young learners in the next 5 years.