HCM City (VNA)Dual vocation training model has proved an effective means of enhancing links between schools and businesses, heard a conference to review the first phase of the Danish-Vietnamese Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) project in Ho Chi Minh City on January 12.

With support of Denmark, the project has been piloted in four Vietnamese TVET colleges – Industrial Vocational College Hanoi; Ho Chi Minh City Vocational College; North-Eastern Vocational College of Technology, Agriculture and Forestry; and Southern Technology and Agro-forestry Vocational College – with two majors of Graphic Design and Interior Design.

Under the project, local occupational skills’ councils have been set up at the selected colleges while the schools have been supported to develop curricula corresponding to the needs of companies and pilot in-company apprenticeship programmes so as to increase experiences for students and improve lecturers’ capacity.

Nguyen Gia Phuc from the Industrial Vocational College Hanoi said the college’s link with businesses was merely introducing students with in-company apprenticeship opportunities and by joining the project, it has become more connected to companies.

The college has gained a better understanding of businesses’ needs while enterprises have been more aware of their responsibility in vocational training and education as they will be the ones to employ the graduates, Phuc noted.

Vietnam is Denmark’s only partner in Southeast Asia in the project, said Lise Lotte Toft, head of the Division for International Affairs in Denmark’s Ministry of Education.

Ending the first phase, the project has helped reduce gaps between students’ skills and what required by enterprises, she noted, adding that the project will continue by 2019.

Truong Anh Dung, Deputy Director of the Directorate of Vocational Training at the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, highly spoke of the model and voiced his hope that Denmark will continue backing Vietnam in developing the dual training model.-VNA