Vietnam’s atomic energy sector needs about 6,000 trained workers in order to meet national atomic energy development targets by 2020.

The figure that includes those who will work for nuclear power plants was revealed at the July 23 meeting on human resources training for the atomic energy sector under the chair of Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam.

According to the Ministry of Science and Technology, the country currently has 1,300 officials with university degrees or higher working in ministries, sectors and localities in the area of atomic energy.

Facing such a limited number of personnel, the ministry underscored the need for employing and training an additional 5,000 people by 2020.

Dam, who heads the National Steering Committee for human resources training for the sector, said it was necessary to make preparations in human resources, technology, finance and legal mechanisms for the construction of future nuclear power plants – a scheme that was approved by the Government.

He required ministries and sectors concerned to figure out human resource demands for the atomic energy sector and to design proper training projects, saying the training in the area must be practical to avoid inefficiency and wastefulness.-VNA