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HCM City (VNA) – The vocational training strategy for 2016-2020 aims to focus on a number of key occupations with a view to improving workers’ skills in these fields up to international and regional standards.

It also targets to raise the rate of labourers with vocational training to 63 percent of the workforce by 2020 during a conference on December 9 in Ho Chi Minh City reviewing the implementation of the strategy in 2011-2015 and set the orientations for the next five years.

The event, organised by the General Department of Vocational Training under the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) also looked into the implementation of the “Vocational training reform and development” project under the National Target Programme on Employment and Vocational Training in the 2011-2015 period.

Addressing the event, MoLISA Deputy Minister Huynh Van Ti acknowledged the achievements the sector has made over the past five years, adding that numerous challenges have yet remained in the development of human resource and infrastructure in the international and regional integration.

Participants called for improving State management of vocational training and re-arranging the network of vocational institutions.

Other measures focus on enhancing the capability of teaching and managing staff, developing relevant curricula, fostering international cooperation and boosting the partnership with enterprises.

According to General Director of the Department Duong Duc Lan, 59 provinces and cities have established their own vocational training colleges, with high autonomy and technology application in teaching, managing and staff building.

The rate of workers having received training now stands at 38.5 percent of the workforce.-VNA