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HCM City (VNA) – The European Institute for Cooperation and Development (IECD) and the HCM City-based Thu Duc College (TDC) kicked off the French bakery in Ho Chi Minh City (La Boulangerie Francaise – HCMC) project on June 22.

The project aims to train disadvantaged young people aged between 18 and 23 in bakery and pastry at the highest standards of qualification, said IECD Director Thomas Behaghel.

Trainees will be equipped with high professional skills and safe baking process as well as English communication skills, he said, adding that after the training course, they can work at hi-end restaurants and hotels in Ho Chi Minh City and nearby areas.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, French Ambassador to Vietnam Bertrand Lortholary, said the project not only creates hardworking, devoted and highly-skilled bakers but also offers a venue for trainees and recruiters to meet each other.

As many as 20 young people with difficult circumstances from 10 cities and provinces nationwide have been selected to join the project. Each course lasts from 16 to 20 months and applies French training programmes with European-standardised equipment and lecturers from French schools.

According to Nguyen Thi Ly, Rector of the Thu Duc College, the programme will help students and lecturers of the school’s restaurant and hotel department access advanced knowledge and technology as well as modern teaching methods.-VNA