The southern Dong Nai province plans to dole out 1.8 trillion VND (85.7 million USD) to implement its vocational training strategy until 2020 which aims to provide training to 95 percent of workers in local industrial zones.

According to Deputy Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Tri, the recently-approved plan is designed with a view to step by step meeting the demand of the labour market in terms of quality, quantity and job structure serving the locality’s socio-economic development.

The province will also increase the number of vocational training schools from the current 72 to 110 with over 4,000 teachers by 2020.

To improve the quality of training in terms of both theory and practice, Dong Nai province has asked relevant agencies to closely follow the market’s requirements when designing vocational training curricula. The province will also strengthen cooperation with international organisations in this field.

According to the provincial Department of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affaris, in the 2012-2013 academic year, the province enrolled nearly 65,000 vocational training students, fulfilling 103 percent of the yearly target.

Of the total, 61,700 students graduated, rasing the rate of trained workers to 46.1 percent, a year-on-year increase of 2 percent.

In the 2013-2014 school-year, Dong Nai targets 62,800 new trainees, including 10,000 rural workers.-VNA