National vocational education programme to support 600 SMEs hinh anh 1Illustrative photo (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – About 600 small- and medium enterprises (SMEs) will be supported to apply an occupational health and hygiene management system as part of a programme on vocational education, employment and workplace safety.

The national target programme on vocational education, employment and workplace safety for the 2016-2020 period has been recently approved by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc with an investment of more than 14 trillion VND (617 million USD).

It includes three projects – Innovating and improving vocational education quality; Developing labour and employment markets; and Enhancing workplace safety and hygiene.

The overall objectives of the programme are to assist the development of vocational education; foster the growth of the labour market; improve effectiveness in connecting workforce supply and demand; and create jobs and promote manpower export and workplace safety and hygiene,

It will also enhance sustainable employment and increase productivity by improving working conditions and wages and preventing work-related accidents.

The programme targets to provide facilities and equipment for about 30 special schools qualified for offering maritime professional training and training for ethnic minority people or people with disabilities. Training for around 100 key professionals will be developed according to a decision issued by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs.

About 8,800 labourers will be provided courses in languages and vocational skills with an aim of sending 6,200 of them abroad as contract guest workers.

The programme will also offer consultations on employment policies and vocational education for visitors to career service centres across the country.-VNA